Blurred Lines: Being Real in an Artificial World
Teens receive confusing messages in today’s culture from peers, family, and media about who they should be instead of who God’s created them to be. In their selfie-generation, it’s increasingly hard to be yourself when reality is staged through social media and technology. In this seminar, Brenda equips teens to find their Christ-centered identity, arming them with confidence in who they are, not in who others think they should be.
Brenda’s powerful seminar and youth retreat “Blurred Lines: Being Real in an Artificial World” has reached standing room only crowds from Iowa to Kansas City, MO. The message is universal for an all-girl retreat, but also to youth groups of mixed gender, as evidenced in the 300+ standing room only crowd at the Mennonite Youth Conference.
The Blurred Lines seminar is unlike any other youth message. Brenda engages teens to articulate various messages they receive about identity, and proceeds to help youth personalize their strengths. She then honestly presents 10 ways teens and young adults can authentically live their Christ-centered identity in an increasingly sexualized, socialized, and self-centered world, so they can have impact in their generation.
Before Brenda spoke on stage, she poured into teens through mentoring, teaching, and counseling. In addition to raising her own teens, Brenda is an award-winning educator, earning the Powerful Connection Award for teachers in 2003 & 2004 as a high school and middle school teacher. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, she currently is a school counselor for 5th and 6th graders, in addition to counseling teens in private practice.
Brenda’s experience with teens, engagement in public schools, and awareness of current societal struggles equips her as an expert on authenticity with teens.
If you’d like to bring this conference to your church, school, or area, contact Brenda here or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.