Follow @TimElmore With the emergence of technology on portable devices and social media, there is a new kind of relationship pattern emerging with students today. “Generation iY” (which makes up the second half of Gen. Y) faces a new dilemma. You might call it the “artificial relationship.” Finding out that someone doesn’t love you anymore is hard—not hearing anything at all is

Follow @TimElmore The following story would be funny if it weren’t true. Once again, it revolves around cell phones. A British teenager attempted to commit suicide after he failed to take the perfect “selfie.” Danny Bowman became so obsessed with capturing the perfect shot that he spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 selfies. The 19-year-old lost nearly 30

The latest report was released on the number of college students (either graduates or otherwise) who’ve stopped attending a university—and have decided to default on their loans. The number stands at about one in every eight students who stop making payments. Default rates are based on those who default on at least one loan three years after leaving college. It

The non-profit organization I lead, Growing Leaders, is a relatively small team of sixteen staff members, made up largely of twenty-somethings. Everyone who joins our team knows our mission well—we are attempting to develop a generation of young leaders and get Generation iY (those born since 1990) ready for their careers. Each year, we meet thousands of high school and

Follow @TimElmore I met a young lady who’s going through what her therapist calls a “quarter-life crisis.” Yep, you read that right. Not a mid-life crisis, but a quarter-life crisis. She’s twenty-five years old and seeing a counselor for depression and disillusionment. I write about her because she’s the fifth young adult I’ve met in the last six months who’s been

Recently I had the honor and privilege to talk with Dr. Jean Twenge on the Growing Leaders podcast. She is is a widely published professor of psychology at San Diego State University, the author of Generation Me, and the co-author ofThe Narcissism Epidemic. Her research has been featured or quoted in Time, USA Today,New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major media. She has appeared on Today, Good

I just had a conversation with a twenty-eight-year-old about getting out to vote next month in the mid-term elections. He didn’t plan to make the effort, as he didn’t feel it made any difference. When I reminded him that he was the one kicking everyone’s butt to vote a decade ago, he mumbled, “That was then. This is now.” Not

Follow @TimElmore From time to time, I enjoy providing statistics on the emerging generation of young adults often called Millennials (or Generation iY). This demographic is proving to be different in several ways from previous young adult populations. We’ve demonstrated that the second half of this generation — those born since 1990 — is even different from the first half, born

Follow @TimElmore It’s not a new topic. Almost everyone I speak to agrees that American students in today’s middle class are just a tad bit spoiled. They act “entitled,” say school principals, faculty, deans and athletic coaches. In fact, the term “entitled” is the number one word employers use to describe recent graduates on the job. Step back and reflect for a

This week, I’m blogging about how America continues to shift as a modern society. A new study found that Americans now eat most of their meals alone, as families find it more difficult to find time to eat together. Additionally, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of single-person households. Some predict the trend will continue and even increase. At

Follow @TimElmore Yesterday, I wrote that America continues to shift as a modern society. Americans now eat most of their meals alone, a new study found, as families finding it more difficult to find time to eat together. What’s more, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of single-person households. Some predict the trend will continue and even increase. Thanks to

Follow @TimElmore The numbers are in, and they reveal that America continues to shift as a modern society. Americans now eat most of their meals alone, a new study finds, with families finding it more difficult to find time to eat together and a dramatic increase in the number of single-person households. The NPD Group, a market research firm, reveals that a

Follow @TimElmore Research has just been released that confirms what so many parents, teachers, coaches and youth workers have been saying to kids for years now. According to TIME journalist Maia Szalavitz, in an article entitled “Self-Disciplined People are Happier (and Not as Deprived as You Think),” there is a direct link between self-discipline and fulfillment: “…researchers found a strong connection between higher

Ashley Moore, a friend of mine, just told me about a couple of her college classmates, Casey and Dana, who started a nonprofit organization with a most unusual mission. In fact, you may find it hard to believe. Casey and Dana launched a summer program called the Society for Humanitarian Archaeological Research and Exploration, or “SHARE.” Their primary work is to sponsor

Alison Owen didn’t expect to tear up when she opened her 11-year-old son Charlie’s standardized test results on Monday, but that’s exactly what she did. “It made me cry,” she said to a TODAY reporter. Accompanying the results was a letter from members of the faculty at Charlie’s school, Barrowford Primary School in the U.K., reminding students that there were more

Follow @TimElmore I meet more and more students and parents who are stressed out about life after graduation. Some moms feel angst about the job prospects for their freshman son or daughter (even if graduation isn’t for three more years). It’s true, however, that one of the challenges in higher education is that they don’t always prepare students for the realities

Follow @TimElmore This week, I’ve written about young males and the fact that they are falling behind in society by almost every measure—education, work, mental health, and a life without addictive behaviors. Certainly not every young man is in this situation, but too many are disengaging and failing to keep up with females. As a result, they’re not growing up to

Follow @TimElmore The latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention just came out. It reveals the results of their regular "Youth Risk Behavior Survey" and contains both good news and bad news about the lifestyle of today's teenagers. Here are some highlights and thoughts on what we can do to develop healthy young leaders in this emerging generation of kids. Good

Follow @TimElmore I spoke to a high school faculty member who works with at-risk students in lower socio-economic conditions. These students have been booted from a traditional public high school, and her school is their last chance to graduate as a teen. What moved me in our conversation was her passion to teach them and offer wisdom that will help them later

Follow @TimElmore Recently, I was asked at a parent conference why more parents today are stepping in and rescuing their children—sometimes adult-children—than in past generations. My reply was short and sweet: because more children are asking. Let’s be honest: we’ve seen a shift in both parents and kids’ expectations today. Adults seem to believe they are supposed to step in and “bail

Follow @TimElmore A new study was just released that flies in the face of conventional wisdom. For years, parents and faculty have worked to create safer, cleaner environments for the children they’re teaching. We’ve attempted to remove hindrances to their growth and all roadblocks to their self-esteem. And may I say, those are noble goals. Our problem is: We may just have

Follow @TimElmore Recently, I spoke to a university professor who teaches freshmen students. He mentioned that last year was an especially challenging year for him. His explanation had nothing to do with argumentative kids or even students who wanted to negotiate their grades after an exam. Instead, it was an increasing problem among adolescents today. Case in point: Brandon was one of

Last week, Growing Leaders hosted our 2014 National Leadership Forum. For the second year, we held it at the Georgia Tech Conference Center in downtown Atlanta. Hundreds of administrators, educators, coaches, and campus staff attended as we wrestled with the topic: “Adjusting the Sails—Making the Course Corrections Needed to Connect with Students Today.” It was a genuine “forum,” as several leaders

Follow @TimElmore The newest findings were just released from the Barna Research Group on college students and their prospects after graduation. Let’s just say that while they remain optimistic, they’re a bit more skeptical than their earlier counterparts in 2004. After platitudes like “change the world”, “make a difference” and “follow your dreams” were made on the graduation platform, young grads enter

Follow @TimElmore Last week, one of our team members at Growing Leaders directed me to an Op-Ed article in the Washington Post by Ann Hornaday. She’s an entertainment writer who, for years, has unpacked movies and their impact. In this article, however, she mused about the impact of the current entertainment industry on Elliot Rodger, the young gunman who killed six

Follow @TimElmore I recently met with an informal focus group of educators from colleges and universities in the Midwest. My sole purpose for the conversation was to get a read on how the school year went, as well as what they had learned as educators. One common theme emerged from our discussion: incoming criticism. Every one of these deans, provosts, directors, faculty members

During the 2012-2013 school year, we assessed 8,500 students who attend 29 public high schools. We discovered several realities, including their low view of morality, their assumptions about leadership, and how much their aspirations and goals played a role in graduation rate and their life after high school. One discovery I made after a year of examining the results of our

Dr. Kerry Priest is a faculty member at Kansas State University. She’s also one of our speakers at Growing Leaders. She teaches in the school of leadership studies. I asked her to blog about what she and her department are doing in Manhattan. Enjoy… Recently I asked a small group of first-year college students in my introductory leadership class, "What did

You may have read the story several days ago. Another tornado ripped through Alabama, injuring and even killing people. Ironically, it was almost three years after the deadly tornado hit Tuscaloosa, killing over 50 people. It makes recovery hard. News reports covered the tragedy thoroughly—but rarely the ordinary people who become heroes amidst the tragedy. This time, a student arose as

Every year, educators talk about budget cuts and their school's inability to do what's necessary to equip students for life after graduation. As I have frequently stated, teachers are heroes, and I recognize there's never quite enough money to do what's necessary to prepare our emerging adults. Preparedness actually costs quite a bit.   There is a form of preparedness, however, that

Research done with people both young and old reveals very interesting conclusions on the role of gratitude. Author and researcher, Dr. Robert Emmons, from the University of California Davis, believes he knows what gives life meaning: pure and simple gratitude. Emmons’ team found that people who view life as a gift and consciously acquire an “attitude of gratitude” experience multiple advantages.