You’re a parent or maybe you work with young people in your job - but either way, you have a desire to inspire the young people in your life. Hi, my name is Chris Tompkins, a 20 plus years veteran of youth development. Both on the front lines and leading the youth development organization, Muskoka Woods. I’m also a dad.
Shaping Our World is a podcast that invites you into a conversation that will leave you more confident in inspiring and understanding the young people in your life.
Redefining Success with Olympian Sarah Wells
Obstacles don't scare Sarah Wells. As a hurdler who specializes in the 400 metres hurdles, Sarah earned a reputation for overcoming challenges and achieving the impossible, becoming an Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medallist in the process. You may have also recently seen her pushing her limits on The Amazing Race Canada, where she was able to apply her tactics in a whole new kind of competition. Outside of sports, she is coaching people to pursue their goals through the Believe Initiative, an organization founded on a message of resilience. Sarah recently stopped by the Shaping Our World podcast to talk about how we can all help children and youth redefine success, tap into healthy self-confidence and pursue their dreams without hesitation.
Leading by Example with Charles Roberts
Charles Roberts is the CEO of LiveDifferent, a Canadian charity that is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. In their work, LiveDifferent has spoken to 1.6 million youth, built over 500 homes and schools around the world and mentored more than 4,500 students, interns and volunteers.
Charles stopped by the Shaping Our World podcast to chat about LiveDifferent and its humanitarian and community efforts, as well as ways that we can influence children and youth to care for others, be generous at all times, lead by example, and to always maintain a learning mindset.
Balancing Act: Parenting Our Kids in a Digital World with Richard Culatta
Richard Culatta is an internationally recognized leader in technology and learning. He is the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which is a non-profit that supports education leaders in 127 countries. Before his time at ISTE, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.
Richard stopped by the Shaping Our World podcast to chat about his book Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World, along with advice on how parents can prepare young people to become contributing digital citizens in a fair and safe way.
Parenting Beyond the Classroom with Amanda Yuill
An educator for over 20 years, Amanda Yuill made a decision to become a full-time supply teacher. The career move gave her the opportunity to research gaps she saw in the education system and publish three books in the process. She currently works in the Toronto District School Board.
Amanda stopped by the Shaping Our World podcast to chat about the state of education, its impact on our kids and tips for parents who are wanting to help their kids engage more in both the classroom and the world around them.
Nurturing leadership competence and confidence with Ellen Duffield
Ellen Duffield was the Director of the Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods and is currently the Coordinator of the Paul E Magnus Centre for Leadership Studies and an Associate with the Leader’s Village.
As part of her work empowering young women and helping organizations create environments in which both men and women can thrive, she has travelled to many parts of the world, participated in research projects and consults, and spoken in a variety of settings including in NGO workshops at the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
She stopped by the Shaping Our World podcast to discuss ways that parents can raise up the young women in their lives, bolster their self-confidence and help to develop the leadership qualities they may — or may not — know they possess.
Developing the Character of Youth with Johnny Henderson
Johnny Henderson is the Director of Youth Programs for LiveDifferent, a Canadian charity that helps young people embrace a caring lifestyle. Johnny has spoken to hundreds of thousands of high school students across Canada, and is a dynamic communicator with a deep passion to see lives transformed and empowered. He stopped by the Shaping Our World podcast to talk about the importance of creating a "culture of kindness" with young people through empathy, encouragement, community and more.