Thanksgiving Mentor Trip to Palo Duro: 2015

REI wasn’t the only one who decided to opt outside this year for Thanksgiving break. Youth Odyssey chose to reward our youth mentors with a week-long trip to Palo Duro Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” before the festivities began. 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, the 21st of November, we met up and loaded into our trusty Youth... Read more »

May I Introduce, Mr. Wade Secrest

As the newest member of the Youth Odyssey family, it seemed fitting for me to interview one of the newest members of our Board of Directors, Mr. Wade Secrest, to get some insight into what drew him to Youth Odyssey. Growing up as the son of military man who understood the importance of hard work,... Read more »

Dethrone the Lie’s Power

Few things are as universally unacceptable as lying; it’s why parents get so worried when they find out their child has told them a lie. One lie can lead to another and all the sudden you have a sneaky child on your hands. The next step is blaming yourself; you must have done something to... Read more »

Youth Mentor: Chris, the Resilient!

Chris has been involved in our Youth Odyssey programs since 2008.  He started when he was just eight years old.  Yes, you are right…that is younger than we normally start participants in our programs.  However, Chris demonstrated a maturity that far exceeded his peers four years his senior.  Since then, he has participated every year in... Read more »

Don’t “Just Do It” For Them…

(Continued thread from last month’s “Tips of the Trade: Consistency Molds Our Youth”) Despite its importance, consistency is one of the most difficult areas for many parents. As humans, we get frustrated, annoyed, run out of time, or simply don’t have the energy that day to enforce the rules. Sometimes, it’s just easier to do... Read more »

Thank You for a WONDERFUL Event

We had a VERY successful night at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club last October 8th for our 11th Annual Benefit.  So many beautiful and handsome smiles; so many great stories to tell.  Your support of our programs (our youth) is helping Youth Odyssey to have its biggest IMPACT yet, right here in the Coastal Bend!  It’s... Read more »

CCISD Programs are Up and Running!

We are so pleased to report that we partnering with Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) again, for the thirteenth consecutive year!  This valuable partnership produces amazing results and even better youth.  Our surveys and CCISD’s reports conclude that youth who participate in Youth Odyssey throughout the school year have: higher attendance, higher STARR scores,... Read more »

WOW! What a great night we had.

Youth Odyssey held our annual event at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club last night (October 8, 2015).  We are still tallying the results of your generous donations but it was a huge success!  We want to take a moment to thank all of our sponsors and encourage you to visit them and their businesses and causes.... Read more »

Youth Mentor: Ruvi, the Amazing!

Ruvi, is one of our oldest mentors. She started in 2007 at our South Park Middle School program.  The first time I met Ruvi she was a shy 6th grader in her first month of middle school (we all know how that feels).  As with every youth, I saw great potential in her. So we... Read more »

“Consistency” Molds Our Youth

Youth learn through repetition and rehearsal, whether it’s their ABCs or the way they are supposed to behave. For this reason, consistency and structure are critical for your youth to learn how to predict your own behavior (and thus their teachers, friends, family, employers in the future). They need to know how you will react when... Read more »