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HARBOR EPISODES

The Harbor, featuring Mike Smith and guests, facilitates the teaching of character development in classrooms by showcasing tangible life lessons through a school year’s worth of episodes with rich, raw and engaging video content. Designed for the classroom, Renaissance members have access to a downloadable critical thinking discussion guide to foster student-led discussions for each episode.

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EPISODE 14: US THE DUO

Us The Duo, The husband-and-wife musical team of Michael and Carissa Alvarado, found massive success through social media. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike interviews Michael and Carissa live from the Jostens Renaissance National Conference. They discuss getting started on social media, a life of working with your spouse, and what they stand for.

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EPISODE 13: SOCIAL MEDIA

Mike challenged students across the country to take a 30 day digital detox from social media. In this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, we hear […]

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EPISODE 12: DANNY SALAZAR

In 2016, Danny Salazar won the Jostens Project Yearbook category in the All American High School Film Festival for his film “Part of Eternity.” On this episode […]

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EPISODE 11: CLAIRE WINELAND

Claire Wineland’s YouTube channel helps teach people about the realities of illness and death. Living with cystic fibrosis herself, 20 year-old Claire serves as a powerful […]

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EPISODE 10: STRESS & PRESSURE

Whether it’s homework, AP classes, athletics, or extracurricular activities, students today are busier than ever. When you add in what’s happening at home, stress and pressure can […]

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EPISODE 09: DARIUS GLOVER

Darius Glover was in a motocross accident that left him paralyzed when he was 15. As soon as he got out of the hospital, he got […]

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EPISODE 08: TREVOR JACOB

Trevor Jacob is a multi-talented action sports athlete, entrepreneur, and Olympian. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike talks with Trevor about bravery, time management, and […]

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EPISODE 07: DJ RASHIDA

Having goals and dreams is common, but being fully ready for your moment when the opportunity arises is not. On this episode of The Harbor by […]

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EPISODE 06: ROSS SZABO

In conjunction with the end of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mike sits down with writer, speaker, author, and mental health and wellness advocate, Ross Szabo. On […]

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EPISODE 05: BULLYING

With the advent of social media, bullying and cyberbullying have become more prevalent than ever. On this week’s episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike talks with […]

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EPISODE 04: JOHAN KHALILIAN

Johan Khalilian is a speaker, author, actor, and content creator. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Johan shares the story of when he gave himself […]

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EPISODE 03: ALYSIA KEZERIAN

As a college student, Alysia Kezerian had a hiking accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, we […]

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EPISODE 02: CHAD GREENWAY

Chad Greenway is a former NFL linebacker who is known for his incredible work ethic both on and off the field, as well as for giving […]

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EPISODE 01: HOW TO START

Some students know what they want to do and where they want to go, but they just don’t know how to start. In this episode of The […]

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EPISODE 27: JOHN HARBAUGH

On the final episode of this season of The Harbor by Jostens, we give a sneak peek into our new episode format coming next school year, […]

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EPISODE 26: PURPOSE

It’s easy to fall into the trap of equating busyness to being on your way to success. Without focus in our daily routines, it’s easy for […]

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EPISODE 25: PATIENCE

The need for instant gratification is growing in our society. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, speaker Aaron Davis shares the importance of learning the virtue […]

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EPISODE 24: FAILURE

Failure is inevitably a part of everyone’s life. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, we hear students’ perspectives on failure and their fear of rejection. […]

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EPISODE 23: EDUCATION

”Teachers are people too.” On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, educators from across the country sit on the crate to give their perspectives on […]

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EPISODE 22: ERIN STANCZYK

On this week’s episode of The Harbor by Jostens, lifestyle coach and blogger, Erin Stanczyk, shares how three simple, daily actions can affect our health and wellness.

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EPISODE 21: ALEXA SCORE

On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, professional wakeboarder Alexa Score shares what it’s like to live with cancer and still live out your dreams.

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EPISODE 20: GROWING INTO YOUR GREATNESS

If you won the lottery and never had to work another day in your life, what would you spend your days doing? On this week’s episode […]

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EPISODE 19: INSECURITIES

Insecurities affect us all. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, dozens of high school students give us their perspectives on their insecurities and how they work […]

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EPISODE 18: S.A.V.E.

On this week’s installment of The Harbor by Jostens, members of the non-profit organization S.A.V.E. (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) tell us how to recognize the warning […]

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EPISODE 17: SARAH EDWARDS

On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Sarah Edwards, Founder of the organization I AM, shares how one small act of kindness can change a […]

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EPISODE 16: CARLOS NAVARRO

Carlos Navarro immigrated from Cuba to the United States. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Carlos describes the culture shock and struggles of coming to […]

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EPISODE 15: LEADERSHIP

On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike delves into the topic of leadership. In particular, he focuses on how leaders’ actions — or inaction […]

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EPISODE 14: KELIA MONIZ

On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, professional surfer and Roxy model, Kelia Moniz, shows that confidence and true beauty are found only when we learn to […]

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EPISODE 13: GOSSIP

Gossip, drama, and rumors are problems that never really go away. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, we hear students’ thoughts on gossip. Also, Mike […]

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EPISODE 12: DANNY EVANS

On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Danny Evans, Vice President of Marketing for Ethika, discusses peer pressure. He points out that being comfortable with yourself and […]

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EPISODE 11: GRIT

On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike discusses a topic that studies have shown to be one of the most important factors in reaching our goals — grit. […]

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EPISODE 10: AUSTIN EUBANKS

Though a survivor of the tragic Columbine High School shootings, the trauma Austin Eubanks experienced led him down a path of substance abuse and addiction. On […]

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EPISODE 9: SCHOOL SPIRIT

A common question among student leaders is, “How do we increase school spirit?” On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike shares how his college basketball […]

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EPISODE 8: WINNING

Whether it’s in the classroom, on the playing field, or in the career field, life is full of competition. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, […]

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EPISODE 7: BULLYING

We’ve all had experiences with bullying. In this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike and students from across the country recount how bullying has affected them. […]

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EPISODE 6: CIVIC DUTY

The future of our country is dependent on how well we — and especially young people — exercise our civic duties. On this episode of The […]

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EPISODE 5: JORDIN SPARKS

On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jordin Sparks shares the emotional story of how her campaign, “I’m M.A.D. (Making A Difference), […]

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EPISODE 4: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

Social media has changed the way we look at the world and has done incredibly positive things, but we all know social media can also take […]

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EPISODE 3: LACEY HENDERSON

It’s easy for teens and adults alike to struggle with body image. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Paralympic athlete Lacey Henderson talks about how her […]

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EPISODE 2: BIAS

Mike challenges students to ask themselves tough questions and examine where their biases come from so that we can understand that while it’s okay to disagree with someone, it’s never okay to disrespect.

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EPISODE 1: KELSEA BALLERINI

Country music singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini talks about the importance of individuality.

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EPISODE 28: FORGIVENESS

Mike shares his realization that learning to forgive and asking for forgiveness are signs of strength and maturity.

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EPISODE 27: AWARENESS

Mike recognizes that being aware of the needs of the community is everyone’s responsibility.

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EPISODE 26: KEVIN PEARCE

Former professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce shows his resilience as he recovers from a traumatic head injury.

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EPISODE 25: SERVICE

Mike talks about the importance of service, and distinguishes between volunteering and being “voluntold.”

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EPISODE 24: ARMANDO SANCHEZ

A high school student shares the pressure he had to pursue athletics and his decision to work toward his true passion: leadership.

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EPISODE 23: FINISHING STRONG

Mike challenges students not to go into cruise control at the end of the school year, but to remember they have a limited amount of time to accomplish their goals.

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EPISODE 22: VERONICA TOLENTINO

Veronica Tolentino reveals her story of being in an unhealthy relationship and reminds everyone that they deserve to be treated with love and respect.

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EPISODE 21:EJAY O'DONNELL

Ejay O’Donnell, Vice President of diecutstickers.com, reminds us that life is fragile and hopes that we focus on how we treat others – as humans, not robots.

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EPISODE 20: DEFINING YOURSELF

Mike encourages students to define themselves rather than allow media, family, and peer expectations to control their choices.

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EPISODE 19: BRENT CAMALICH

Brent Camalich, CEO of DUDE. be nice, talks about the importance and power of kindness.

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EPISODE 18: NIKKI SIEGEL

Nikki, the Outreach Director at The Bay, talks about the power of hope for everyone.

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EPISODE 17: PRESSURE

Mike describes some of the pressures to fit in and urges students to be true to themselves.

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EPISODE 16: AARON DAVIS

Motivational speaker Aaron Davis shares some of his experiences with intolerance and offers suggestions on how to talk about tolerance and diversity.

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EPISODE 15: MENTORSHIP

Mike talks about the importance of mentorship and how to be a good mentee.

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EPISODE 14: KAT HARRIS

Kat Harris, a fashion photographer and blogger, reflects on how true beauty is about much more than looks.

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EPISODE 13: JR GALARDI

JR Galardi, Chief Visionary Officer of Wienerschnitzel, shares how the loss of his father changed the trajectory of his life.

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EPISODE 12: CHANGE YOUR WORLD

Mike tells the story of how he befriended a boy named Calvin, an “invisible” student who ultimately shaped Mike into the person he is today.

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EPISODE 11: RILEY WESTERHOLT

Recent high school grad and slap poet Riley Westerholt paints a hopeful picture of the current high school generation.

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EPISODE 10: QUINCY

Musician and actor Quincy Brown discusses the importance of working hard to achieve success, and stresses that greatness is not simply handed to anyone.

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EPISODE 9: FEAR

Mike emphasizes the importance of overcoming fear in order to fully pursue a passion.

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EPISODE 8: MATT SOETH

Educator Matt Soeth, co-creator of #icanhelp, gives tips on how to take control of social media and turn it into a positive environment.

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EPISODE 7: MICHELLE PARKER

Professional skier Michelle Parker shares her story of success as a female athlete in a male-dominated sport.

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EPISODE 6: DIGITAL DETOX

A call to students to be present with people and take time away from their devices.

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EPISODE 5: RYAN SHECKLER

Professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler talks about the struggle of going through his parents’ divorce.

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EPISODE 4: TIME MANAGEMENT

Mike offers pointers on how to handle one of the greatest challenges for students: time management.

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EPISODE 3: HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

Tips on navigating high school from students who recently graduated.

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EPISODE 2: STORIES NOT STUFF

A lesson on defining yourself through life experiences rather than the things you own.

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EPISODE 1: LEAVING A LEGACY

Mike poses the question, “What legacy do you want to leave behind?”

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EPISODE 20: THE DINGO

The Dingo is an action sports personality who dreamed of becoming a pro athlete. When he realized that his dream was not realistic, he persevered and used his failures as a platform to achieve success.

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EPISODE 19: STEVE ROSENFIELD

Photographer Steve Rosenfield shares his journey culminating in the “What I Be Project,” a platform which encourages others to share their insecurity with the world.

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EPISODE 18: TOMMY REYNOLDS

Tommy Reynolds lost everything with the market crashed. It took hitting rock bottom for him to find his passion, and it took years of hard work with little return before he achieved his dream.

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EPISODE 17: BRENT ARAGON

Youth mentor Brent Aragon believes that in order to change the world, you must first change your world, namely how you view yourself and those around you.

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EPISODE 16: QUANG LE

Photographer Quang Le describes how expressing his creativity through photography helped him channel his social anxiety.

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EPISODE 15: JEN ARAGON

Fitness professional Jen Aragon shares her journey toward feeling comfortable with her body and appearance, and the importance of spiritual and mental health in being able to truly love herself.

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EPISODE 14: SCOTT BACKOVICH

Youth motivational speaker Scott Backovich inspires viewers to “complain less, give more” and think about what they have to give back to others.

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EPISODE 13: ROB DYER

After losing several relatives to cancer in a six-month period, Rob Dyer took it upon himself to make a change. He started Skate4Cancer, which has raised millions of dollars for cancer hospitals and charities.

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EPISODE 12: AZIE TESFAI

Azie Tesfai achieved her dream of becoming an actress, but she still felt unfulfilled. It was only when she learned about the needs of a school in her family’s home country that she realized her greater purpose.

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EPISODE 11: AARON DAVIS

Motivational speaker Aaron Davis outlines three important choices we have in our lives and how our responses to these choices will determine our path toward success.

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EPISODE 10: DAVEY MUISE

Musician Davey Muise shares the story of where he came from, and why he has dedicated his life to helping people “find their shovel” to dig out from their hardships.

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EPISODE 9: CRITICS VS. CREATORS

Mike describes the difference between the people who are critical of everyone around them and the people who create positivity wherever they go.

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EPISODE 8: SELF-TALK

The way we talk to ourselves can greatly affect our mood, our behavior, and our day-to-day life. In this episode, Mike challenges students to think about how they talk to themselves.

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EPISODE 7: KYLER ERICKSON

Student Kyler Erickson shares how he reacted after living through a shooting at his high school and what he had to do in order to overcome his post-traumatic stress.

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EPISODE 6: KEVIN LAUE

The incredible success story of Kevin Laue, a former Division I basketball player who didn’t let being born with one arm stop him from pursuing his dreams.

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EPISODE 5: SUCCESS

Mike Discusses his views on success and what we can do to get one step closer to fulfilling our dreams.

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EPISODE 4: DISTRACTIONS

This week on The Harbor, Mike takes on the topic of distractions, namely those brought on by smart devices and social media. In this episode, Mike […]

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EPISODE 3: SKATE FOR CHANGE

Mike talks about how he founded his non-profit Skate For Change, its growth into a worldwide movement, and how youth can give their passions a greater purpose.

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EPISODE 2: PAT MOORE

Professional snowboarder Pat Moore explains how he dealt with severe social anxiety both during and after high school.

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EPISODE 1: JUDGEMENT

Mike describes how judgement and prejudice impact people, both in and outside of the classroom, and how students can help resolve this problem in their schools.

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