Next Generation Ministries always suggests leaders to read or watch the materials before giving them to each student, these resources are safe, but have material in them that can be triggering for students or leaders, as with any curriculum, use and adjust based on the needs of your community.
The Bible Project
Bible Project is a nonprofit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated Bible videos and other Bible resources to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. We create 100% free Bible videos, podcasts, and Bible resources to help people experience the story of the Bible.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
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Young Adult Novels
Acevedo, Elizabeth, The Poet X
This is a story written through poems about a young woman coming into her community and church struggling and over presumptions of society placed upon her and her body. | Order on Amazon here.
Alexie, Sherman, Flight
This is written in the first-person, from the viewpoint of a Native American teenager who calls himself Zits and is a foster child, having spent the majority of his life moving from one negative or abusive family experience to another. He finds his struggle boil over by one major mistake and ends up traveling back through time and discovers the trauma of his people in America and in himself. | Order on Amazon here.
Anderson, M.T., Feed
This is the story of a failing futuristic society that is controlled by large corporations. People are taught to value objects, money, and entertainment over everything else. Almost all of the characters have computer-like devices called “feeds” installed in their heads making the reader question, “what does it mean to be human?” | Order on Amazon here.
Brosgol, Vera, Anya’s Ghost
This is a graphic novel coming-of-age ghost story. Where unpopular Anya befriends a ghost named Emily, a girl around Anya’s age who died 90 years earlier. After failing to make Anya popular and happy, Emily becomes manipulative and controlling, leading Anya to discover the truth about Emily’s death. | Order on Amazon here.
Khorram, Abid, Darius the Great Is Not Okay
This is about a boy named Darius who has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in his parents home country of Iran. Having clinical depression doesn’t help matters his move to another country. Then Darius meets friend Sohrab,. Soon, they’re spending their days together, playing soccer, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city’s skyline. “Sohrab calls him Darioush–the original Persian version of his name–and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab. Adib Khorram’s brilliant debut is for anyone who’s ever felt not good enough–then met a friend who makes them feel so much better than okay.” | Order on Amazon here.
Ness, Patrick, A Monster Calls
This is a fantasy novel made into a move that is set in present-day England, where a boy who struggles to cope with the consequences of his mother’s illness encounters an old yew tree that process grief with him. | Order on Amazon here.
Reynolds, Jason, Long Way Down
This is a book that struggles with race and violence of black men in America. The whole story takes place in the mind of a young man in an elevator playing through his thoughts before he makes up his mind on what he will do at the bottom of the elevator. | Order on Amazon here.
Yang, Gene, American Born Chinese
This is a graphic novel that wrestles with identity specifically through the lends of first and second generation immigrants. Tring to understand his culture, while trying to fit in with the American ideas of being a teenager. It is a great book about belonging. | Order on Amazon here.