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Billy’s Values to Live By

I recently saw a story about Doris Buffet’s Letters Foundation on the Newshour. I thought: Wow, those folks at the Foundation have an awesome job– read people’s life stories all day long and then work to make a difference in their lives. But really, the Foundation’s work has a lot in common with our work here…

MNCAPS & Outward Bound: Preparing Students for Life

“It’s an adventure!” High school students enrolled in the Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies are raving about their experience: “It’s so much better than regular school. I’m working with clients. I’m communicating, collaborating on a team, meeting deadlines– being responsible for a real project!” Real life experience engages these students and serves as curriculum….

A Commitment to STRIVE

In the winter of 2013, I was an instructor on what we call an Insight Day here at VOBS, Twin Cities Center. On this particular day, we were supposed to snowshoe. The students met us as at the site and we gave them extra layers to keep warm then showed them how to wear snowshoes….

The Hitch Is Knot Enough

My father is a dreamer, a man of ideas, who is always looking for the big moments in life. For my father, the holiday season is just the right mixture of tradition, excitement and calendar pressure– squeeze in every moment of joy before the ball drops and a new count down starts. When I was…