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Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith (book).
Sharon Daloz Parks. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2000.
Based on the argument that young people today don't have a good picture of what it means to be an adult, the book outlines the key task of youth as meaning-making: asking big questions and discovering worthy dreams.

Building Assets Together: 135 Group Activities for Helping Youth Succeed (book).
Jolene L. Roehlkepartain. Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute, 1997.
A collection of creative, interactive activities to introduce 40 developmental assets to youth.

Cloud of Witnesses (audio journal).
http://www.ptsem.edu/iym/publications/witnesses/index.htm
This audio journal on youth, church and culture brings together theological reflections from scholars, pastors, lay people, and youth to encourage and support church leaders in their ministry.

Devo'Zine (magazine).
http://www.upperroom.org/devozine/2004/marapr/default.asp?week=current
Designed to help youth develop a lifelong practice of prayer and spiritual reflection.

Find Your Fit: Dare to Act on God's Design for You (book).
Jane Kise, and Kevin Johnson. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1998.
Stories, self-assessments and other exercises help Christian youth discover God-given gifts and talents. Best for ages 15 and older, an ideal tool for those who work with Christian youth.

The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry (book).
Kenda Creasy Dean, and Ron Foster. Nashville, TN: Upper Room Books, 1998.
Claiming that we have sold our youth short by feeding them programs that isolate them from the rest of the congregation, the authors redefine youth ministry as a discipline that equips youth to participate in parish life and ministry-now, not later.

Princeton Theological Seminary Institute for Youth (organization).
http://www.ptsem.edu/iym/index.htm
Offers specialized training in youth ministry for Church leaders in collaboration with seminaries, church leaders, congregations, communities, and adolescents to promote the strategic importance and practice of ministry with young people from early adolescence through college age. Latest research results available at http://www.ptsem.edu/iym/research/lectures/ lectures_complete_list.htm.

Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future (book).
Larry K. Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, and Steve Van Bockern. Bloomington, IN: National Educational Service, 1990.
Based on numerous workshops on how to deal with, discipline, and teach angry and disruptive young people.

Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens (book).
Dorothy Bass, and Don Richter, editors. Nashville, TN: Upper Room Books 2002.
http://www.waytolive.org
A guide to living contemporary life grounded in faith that puts into modern usage the practices of early Christianity.

Youth Specialties (organization).
http://www.youthspecialties.com/
Devoted to serving the needs to youth ministers and workers, Youth Specialties offers seminars, conventions, books, videos, a support network, a magazine, and a web site with many resource links.

Youthworkers.net (website).
http://youthworkers.net/
From the National Network of Youth Ministries. Links to a plethora of youth resources some of which youth can use directly.

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