youth worker, youth ministry, world, change

Want to Change the World?

By Doug Franklin July 29, 2010

I love working with students because their passion for change is so great. They look at the world through eyes that only see possibilities. Too often though, as students grow older and learn to live in the “real world” they lose the eternal optimism they once possessed. I’ve seen it happen and I hate it. Students often want to lead they way, but many times when they do, they fail miserably and decide to quit, mainly because no one has taught them how to persevere.

Idealism is fantastic, but it can be deadly too. When a student leads only through idealism, much can go wrong and it can ruin their passion for leading and for serving. That’s why teaching students solid leadership principles, while combining them with a great experience for the students to live out the principles, is key to success. If you combine principles and experience, you’ll see your students’ idealism and optimism for changing the world stay with them, for they will actually be changing the world through their leadership.

If you need help getting started with anything regarding student leadership development, give us a call at LeaderTreks. 877-502-0699. We’d be glad to help.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More