Author Archives: Linda Remsburg

Listen up, adults. The kids have got this.

When young people find their voice, positive things happen.

Right now, students in Marquette and around the nation are joining survivors of the Parkland school shooting in organizing March for Our Lives events that will take place tomorrow. These aren’t college students, but high schoolers, middle schoolers and even elementary-aged kids. They are stepping up to be heard, to lead this matter of life and death. I am in awe—and oh, so encouraged.

I am proud of our U.P. students who participated in the recent school walkouts. From accounts I’ve seen, they conducted themselves in exemplary fashion in recognition of the 17 students whose lives were lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I am also proud of the adult school personnel who encouraged and supported their effort.

Those adults have as much at stake as the students do regarding school shootings. But they are letting the students lead this effort. They get it—this is the kids’ turn to be heard. The adults of our nation have had ample opportunity to tackle the epidemic of gun violence and have gotten nowhere. Now the kids are stepping up to the microphone. And we need to listen.

Young people see things differently than we do. They have a way of cutting through crap. They have insight and perspective, ideas and vision that are essential in our nation’s collective discourse—around this issue and all issues that affect them. But they have few opportunities to be heard. Bravo to those courageous young souls who are standing up for themselves and saying “Enough!”

So, where should adults be during the marches taking place tomorrow? At the back of the crowd, listening intently and respectfully to what our young people have to say. That’s an important first step.

And after that? We need to help keep our young people engaged, to work with them collaboratively—as allies. We need to help them navigate systems and learn from setbacks and keep moving forward toward solutions together. We need to let them know that their voices are valued and that we are listening.

And positive things will happen.

Meet the U.P.’s unsung heroes

Meet the U.P.’s unsung heroes

You meet some of the nicest people in the nonprofit sector. This was especially the case at the recent U.P. Nonprofit Conference hosted by Grow & Lead. There were a lot of first-time attendees at the conference this year, so I met a lot of new people that day. Every one of them was nothing… Continue Reading

Let’s rise to the challenge of adverse childhood experiences

The other day a young adult friend and I were talking about Challenge Day, a national program that helps schools break down barriers between student peers as well as between students and adults in order to foster a school climate where everyone feels safe, appreciated and able to be their best selves. It’s an intense… Continue Reading

Graduation and alcohol don’t mix

High school graduation will soon be here. With graduation come open houses and other parties. With parties often comes drinking. I’d like to remind all community members to be extra vigilant this time of year to keep our young people safe and healthy by keeping alcohol out of their hands. Some parents may be tempted… Continue Reading

Little Ukulele Makes Mighty Impact

Little Ukulele Makes Mighty Impact

What do ukuleles, the U.P. and kids have in common? If you answered “Yooper Uke Week,” give yourself a point. If you answered “They all hold a special place in Linda’s heart,” give yourself two. Hiawatha Music Co-op recently sponsored the second annual Yooper Uke Week which celebrates the small, but mighty, ukulele which has… Continue Reading

EQ + IQ = Success

We all know what IQ stands for, right? It’s short for Intelligence Quotient, a measure of our cognitive and intellectual intelligence. But how about EQ? This lesser-known acronym stands for Emotional Quotient, a measure of our emotional intelligence. At a pre-holiday in-service training for GLCYD staff, we learned all about emotional intelligence or EI, for… Continue Reading

Youth on Nonprofit Boards

With a name like Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that our organization has young people on its board of directors. However, you might be surprised to know just how much our youth board members contribute. Out of 15 board members, currently three are under age 18. The… Continue Reading