- 1 in 4 teens seriously contemplates suicide before graduating from high school
- 1 in 6 is a “self-injurer” (cutting, burning, etc)
- 1 in 6 will contract an STI (sexually transmitted infection)
- 84% of teens want a closer relationship with their parents, but are unwilling to talk about their pains and fears with them.
Behind each statistic is a story left unfinished. And long after we’re gone, how will this generation be equipped and prepared to lead the Body of Christ in the decades ahead? Today we are going to talk about what today’s youth are facing, and then we’re going to offer some interesting solutions and hope. If you are a teen listening from home today or you are a parent or youth leader, these issues are front and center in your life. So how do you react in a time of crisis or reach teens before a crisis in your schools and youth groups?
The good news is that Christian ministries are starting to join forces to help all of us do just that. Two of those ministries’ founding leaders are joining us today. On the phone with us from Colorado, Sean Dunn is the founder of a ministry called Groundwire, and in studio with us is Jeff Strommen, a youth pastor and head of a ministry called HopeNet360. Jeff is also on staff here at the radio station. Both of these ministries are reaching youth, pointing them to the true hope we all have in Jesus. And they’re here to share how you can be a part of bringing that hope to our youth.
HopeNet 360 is a non-profit organization committed to connecting generations to change lives. The team is dedicated to providing emotional and spiritual support for young people dealing with self-injury, addictions, thoughts of suicide and depression. The ministry provides avenues of hope through an internet crisis chat line, volunteers and financial partners empowered with the resources necessary to reach and impact youth and families. Check out HopeNet’s Internet Crisis Chat Center – The conversation begins here. Or LIKE the Facebook Page.
Groundwire is a ministry that leverages the world’s technology and mainstream media to carry the powerful, unchanging, and life-transforming message of Christ’s love to youth and young adults everywhere. They’ve reached thousands of un-churched young people with the Gospel of Jesus.
Groundwire airs 30 and 60 second Christ-centered radio spots on mainstream youth-oriented radio stations around the world as well as 30 second TV spots on stations like MTV, VH1, Cartoon Network, BET and Comedy Central.
- Cyberbullying only rarely the sole factor identified in teen suicides (medicalxpress.com)
- Millennials Rethink Christianity (Barna Group)
- Five Myths about Young Adult Church Dropouts
- Resources to guide difficult conversations (HopeNet360)
- Tragedy in Connecticut. A personal response.