The FYI on Youth Ministry Podcast: Episode 3

An Interview with Aaron Rosales; Teens, social distancing, and mental health

The FYI on Youth Ministry is a podcast that brings together the Fuller Youth Institute’s groundbreaking research, practical advice from ministry experts, and heartfelt stories from diverse church leaders and young people to give you ideas and inspiration for your youth ministry.

Hosts Roslyn Hernández and Giovanny Panginda talk with Aaron Rosales about why social distancing presents special challenges for teenagers. Human connection is important for everyone, but Aaron shares how it plays a specific role in the normal development of adolescents.

Tweet: “It matters how we engage with young people in this season of social distancing.”



 Tweet: How can we help teens navigate the new social environment brought on by distancing? Mental health expert Aaron Rosales (@startbrio) offers insight on The FYI on Youth Ministry.

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Mentioned in the Podcast:

Organization: Brio (co-founded by Aaron Rosales, Brio is a nonprofit that designs and launches mental health solutions in vulnerable communities through local partnerships)

Curriculum: Faith in an Anxious World (4 week high school curriculum)

PDF: Guide to Taking Youth Ministry Online (Created by Rev. Angela Gorrell, Ph.D. & Paul Gorrell, by the Yale Youth Ministry Institute)

Podcast series for parents: Faith in An Anxious World Parenting Podcast (Mental health experts share advice on this series created by parents, for parents and care-givers. Perfect for sharing with families in your ministry.)

Training: Growing Young in a Changing World Digital Cohort

Book: Growing Young

Additional Resources:

Information about teen suicide: Stanford Children's Health
Crisis line: Crisis text line
Video: Dealing with Anxiety
Blog: What’s the difference between stress and anxiety? 3 warning signs
Blog: Naming and Navigating Depression in the Lives of Teenagers
Blog: Helping Adolescents Work Through the Rising Tide of Anxiety

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