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Courage Retreat Follow-Up
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 8:40 PM

Uppers Courage Retreat - Oct. 2014
Uppers Courage Retreat - Oct 2014

Oct. 30, 2014 

Dear Parent/Caregiver of Uppers students: 

Barton believes that to do well in school, students need to be comfortable with who they are and feel physically and emotionally safe. In this effort to create a safe and caring culture, we are bringing in Youth Frontiers to facilitate a Courage Retreat on Friday. 1987 Youth Frontiers, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, has been delivering programs to build positive school communities that help young people realize the importance of respecting themselves and others. Their vision is to change the way young people treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom of every school in America so that today’s young people make tomorrow’s world better. 

On the Courage Retreat, the Youth Frontiers retreat staff will focus on creating a more positive school community by engaging students in a variety of activities that build students’ empathy skills and teach safe ways to help prevent bullying. 

This high-energy, interactive retreat is scheduled for our Uppers this Friday, Sept. 20, and will be held at the Collin Powell Center in Minneapolis. We will bus there at 7:45 a.m. 

To continue the positive effects of the experience, we believe it’s important for the entire community to
 be involved in supporting and communicating the messages delivered on the retreat. Because of this, we encourage parents and caregivers to inquire about the retreat experience once the student returns home by asking the following questions: 

1. What activities did you find fun?

2. What were the small group leaders like?

3. What were some of the fears that you discussed with your classmates during the small-group discussions? 

What’s a fear you really struggle with?

5. What do you think is the most common fear in your class or school?

6. What is one thing you can do tomorrow at school to show more courage? 

Visit for more information on Youth Frontiers, access great parent resources and watch a video about the Courage Retreat. 


Allison and the Barton Uppers team