Healthy Inputs

We believe that sustainable lives speak of healthy relationships, politics, art, faith, education, ecology and economics. We have found the resources listed here to be healthy inputs in our lives as adults who care about kids and in the lives of the kids for whom we’ve cared.

Most resources featured are for adults seeking to pour only what is life-affirming into the lives of kids. Generally, resources specifically for youth and children are mixed in. One notable exception can be found in the Arts & Entertainment category. Specifically age-appropriate material can be found within given subcategories. There are some great ideas therein for gifts the kids in your life would really enjoy. Buying through us is a great way to plant a seed back into our Community Supported Youthwork!

Below the store window you can find links to resources not found on Amazon.

Here are links to other resources that may interest you…

Activities

  • Wild Goose Festival–an annual, fully-inclusive family gathering for anyone fascinated by the prospects of becoming more fully human, hosted by persons who primarily identify as followers in the way of Jesus (but not exclusively Christian).

Books

  • The New Jim Crow Study Guide and Call to Action put together by historian Vincent Harding and his Veterans of Hope Project is free to any group looking to learn more about ending the surprising racial biases in the American penal system. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is about growing a sustainable political ethic that enfranchises all by laying to rest the social inequities that make full American citizenship the privilege of a select few. It speaks directly to Kid Cultivators vision for impact. What is the use of growing youth into healthy, wholesome, balanced, intelligent and mature adults committed to making positive contributions to society, if that society ultimately relegates many of them to the role of economic prop for others, based solely on race?

Music

Movies

  • The Education of Little Tree comes recommended by professor-friend Randy Woodley. Conceptually based on a novel by the same name that has received a fair share of criticism for being written by a suspected white supremacist, the 1997 movie seeks to get right what the 1976 book got wrong. The movie tells an important story of a time in American history often forgotten when indigenous children were stolen from their parents to be shaped after a hostile western vision of who they should be. Includes a couple brief moments of cursing that are ultimately rebuked within the storyline as inappropriate. Historical context should be discussed particularly with younger viewers. [9 & up]

Organizations