Character Development. One Episode at a time.

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

All six seasons and 160 episodes are listed below, with most recent episodes at the top. Use the "Browse by Keyword" link below to see topics covered and filter episodes by topic.

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Season 6

EPISODE 28: Showing Up

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Many of us have experienced stepping onto the field, the court, or the stage; looking around to see who’s in the audience; and felt our performance impacted by that statement of support (or lack thereof). In the final episode of the sixth season of The Harbor by Jostens, we witness an example of how simply showing up for other student groups can help improve a school’s climate, culture, and sense of community.

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Season 6
EPISODE 27: It's Supposed to Be Fun

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike reminds us that having a positive attitude is within our control, and that having fun is an important facet of life.

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Season 6
EPISODE 26: Attitude

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Inevitably, there will be times during which our lives will get difficult. Sometimes there’s nothing we can do about it, but we […]

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Season 6
EPISODE 25: Getting Unstuck

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Many of us feel stuck in a lot of ways. Guest Stacy Orsborn shares how having discipline, a growth mindset, and a philosophy of “growing better together” can all serve as a means of getting unstuck.

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EPISODE 24: Balance

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike shares his advice on how to reflect, be realistic, recalibrate, and move forward in a thoughtful and balanced way.

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EPISODE 23: Equity vs. Equality

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Guest Cammy Watkins breaks down the differences between equity and equality, and how equity goes a step further by recognizing that everyone starts with unique advantages and disadvantages, and therefore needs different solutions.

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EPISODE 22: Grief

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Guest Alexa Glazer explores how her father’s death impacted her and helps us see the positive growth that can come out of grieving, including how to show empathy for others going through similarly difficult situations.

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Season 6
EPISODE 21: MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Having more meaningful conversations allows people to be themselves and feel like they’re being seen, heard, known, and loved, and Mike shares three tips for how to have deeper conversations with others.

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Season 6
EPISODE 20: SELF-WORTH

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike speaks with Dane Adams about rejecting the notion that we’re defined solely by our activities, accomplishments, and accolades; and what defining our own sense of self-worth can look like.

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Season 6
EPISODE 19.5: ROOTED IN LOVE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike takes to the crate to acknowledge the challenges we are all facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions, issuing a call to action for all of us to find ways to build community, take care of one another, and stay rooted in love.

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EPISODE 19: UNLOCKING YOUR POTENTIAL

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Guest Jane Finette educates us on why our inner voice is more prone to focus on the negative instead of the positive, and how becoming more aware of your inner critic can help you unlock your full potential.

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EPISODE 18: TECHNOLOGY

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Guest Pascal Finette encourages us to consider how technology could actually be our most powerful tool for solving the world’s problems.

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Season 6
EPISODE 17: STANDING TALL

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – “When you stand tall, you don’t think small.” Guest Steve Bollar shares his personal struggles with growing tall, and how he came to learn that being different and standing out from the crowd could make him a better leader.

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EPISODE 16: QUITTING

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike advises that it’s OK to quit something if you decide that your time and energy are meant to do something better or something more you.

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Season 06
EPISODE 15: COLLABORATION OVER COMPETITION

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Guest Alicia Reisinger speaks on how our culture reinforces the idea that young women in particular have to cut each other down in order to succeed, and how collaboration can lead to better relationships and better results than competition.

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EPISODE 14: EMPOWERMENT

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Arctic explorer Ann Bancroft describes how empowerment can be viewed as a process in which we get stronger, one step at a time.

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EPISODE 13: Freshman Orientation

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike offers advice to incoming freshmen on being yourself, developing healthy habits, and paying attention to the unsung heroes on your campus.

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EPISODE 12: CONSENT

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Consent between two people is complicated and is an ever-changing conversation. In this episode, a group of poets explores the ways in which consent isn’t what it may seem, but is a source and expression of strength.

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EPISODE: 11 PRIVILEGE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Students demonstrate how privilege impacts many of our opportunities, and Mike urges us to have conversations about how those with more privilege can use it to help those with less privilege.

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EPISODE 10: EVENTS VS. INTENT

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike suggests that event organizers keep their focus on the intent behind their event — and to measure their success not upon attendance, but upon whether or not their attendees were impacted in the way that they intended.

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EPISODE 09: HONORING THE ABSENT

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike and guest Tom Cody challenge gossipers to examine why they gossip and offer tips on how to redirect their energy into being more positive contributors to society.

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EPISODE 08: POSITIVITY & SOCIAL MEDIA

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – We all have control over the tone of our posts and what shows up in our social media feeds, and this episode describes positive ways we can utilize social media to help avoid drama and celebrate all the great things that people are doing.

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Season 6
EPISODE 07: SELF-REFLECTION

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Spending time reflecting can be scary, but it’s critical to gaining insights about ourselves and others. Mike shares how reflecting on his setbacks and successes has made him a better boss, coworker, and leader.

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EPISODE 06: SELF-CONFIDENCE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Confidence can be described as making the most of momentum, allowing small victories to build on one another, and then leaning into your moments of success so you can share that confidence with others.

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EPISODE 05: LEADING BY EXAMPLE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike explores what living and leading by example means, and how leadership is contagious and can change the culture of a school.

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EPISODE 04: EXCUSES

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike challenges us to spend more time thinking about the things that matter to us, and to really question why we make the excuses we do.

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EPISODE 03: CLIQUES

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike highlights that we all share a responsibility to create positive school spirit and community in our schools, and we do that when we start celebrating each other.

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Season 6
EPISODE 02: How To Ask

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike suggests asking others for help in a way that shows them how much you respect their time and their contributions, and emphasizes how important it is to offer something before you ask for something.

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Season 6
EPISODE 01: Wish. Talk. Do.

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike talks to blogger and author Alexa Glazer about how she made the decision to stop wishing and talking about her dream, and what it took for her to start doing it.

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Season 5
EPISODE 28: Jealousy

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Jealousy and comparison are poisons that hinder us from focusing on improving ourselves and our own lives. On the season five finale […]

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EPISODE 27: Communication

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Communication is an important life skill and one that’s integral to being an effective leader. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, […]

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EPISODE 26: Pivot

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Learning how to pivot is essential to navigating setbacks and failures, but being able to change directions on a moment’s notice requires […]

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EPISODE 25: Dreaming Differently

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – There’s a sense of safety and comfort in looking and acting the same way as everyone else, but if we’re to figure […]

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EPISODE 24: Solutions > Problems

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – It’s easy to focus on the problems in our lives, but reframing our perspective to focus more on the solutions can help […]

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EPISODE 23: The First 10%

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike believes that the hardest part of starting anything is getting through the first 10%. The first 10% is often difficult, lonely, […]

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EPISODE 22: Distracted

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Having computers in our pockets can connect us to the world in unprecedented ways, but it can also leave us in a […]

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EPISODE 21: Adventure

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike firmly believes that true adventure begins when things don’t go according to plan, and moreover, that we learn who we are […]

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EPISODE 20: Perspective

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike sees perspective as a soft skill that can be practiced and developed — and one that’s essential to becoming a good […]

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EPISODE 19: Identity

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Often times, we base our identity upon the groups we associate with or the activities we participate in. On this episode of The […]

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EPISODE 18: Substance Abuse

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – People turn to substances like drugs or alcohol for numerous reasons, such as dealing with trauma or feeling a general detachment to […]

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EPISODE 17: Goals

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – It’s easy to declare a big goal for the future. It’s much harder to work backwards from said goal by establishing smaller […]

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EPISODE 16: JRNC II

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – In episode two of our series around the 2018 Jostens Renaissance National Conference, Mike brings three students onstage to field their questions and […]

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EPISODE 15: JRNC I

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – At the 2018 Jostens Renaissance National Conference, Mike addressed hundreds of student leaders and leadership educators on how leadership is a lifestyle. In […]

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EPISODE 14: Grit

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – We’re all faced with challenges every day, but it’s up to each one of us to decide how we’re going to approach […]

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EPISODE 13: Finance

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Many of us are reluctant to talk about managing our money, so it can be difficult to learn how to make wise […]

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EPISODE 12: Health & Wellness

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Young people tend to power through their classes, homework, and extracurriculars non-stop every day without ever pausing to ask themselves how they […]

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EPISODE 11: Curiosity

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – We constantly urge young people to follow their passions, but many times, it can be difficult for them to find out what […]

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EPISODE 10: Courage

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – When Mike spoke with Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Leroy Petry about the meaning of courage, he learned that heroes are all around us, putting other people first for the right reasons — not for recognition.

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EPISODE 09: Graduation

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Graduation is one of the biggest events of our lives and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve […]

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EPISODE 08: Diversity & Inclusion

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Through the Internet and social media, it’s easy for anyone to share their opinion, but sometimes, it’s not as easy to listen. […]

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EPISODE 07: Stress & Time Management

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but learning how to manage that time effectively can make all the […]

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EPISODE 06: Activism

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – In a recent poll on his social media, Mike learned that over 60% of his followers believe they’re capable of making a […]

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EPISODE 05: Gratitude

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 -Everyone who works in a school puts countless time and energy towards helping students get to the finish line. Establishing traditions to show […]

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EPISODE 04: Networking

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Networking today isn’t about who you know, it’s about who you’re known as. Seven out of ten career opportunities come from word […]

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EPISODE 03: College Readiness

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Who do you want to be when you grow up? Mike believes that answering this question should come before we decide what […]

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EPISODE 02: CORE VALUES

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Have you ever asked yourself why you do the things you do? What factors guide your decision-making, and ultimately, how you live […]

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EPISODE 01: Leader's Mentality

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Leadership isn’t a title; it’s not a class; and it’s certainly not what you tell everyone you are. Leadership is a mentality and […]

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EPISODE 28: TONY HAWK

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk joins us to talk about his experience in high school, how excelling at his sport brought him unexpected fame, and the importance of humility.

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EPISODE 27: AMIT DODANI

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – My Name My Story is an organization that develops changemakers based on the belief that stories inspire empathy and that empathy drives […]

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EPISODE 26: HIGHER EDUCATION

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Many students believe they have to have their entire future mapped out before they graduate high school. While having a plan laid […]

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EPISODE 25: DEMIR GJOKAJ PART 2

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Demir Gjokaj returns after Mike took his Lifehack Bootcamp. They talk about Mike’s struggles […]

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EPISODE 24: SCOTT LLOYD

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Managing finances is hard for everyone and especially for teenagers just joining the workforce. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, […]

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EPISODE 23: FAILURE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – People respond to failure in different ways. Typically, people let it stop them, define them, or drive them. On this episode of The […]

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EPISODE 22: DEMIR GJOKAJ

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Demir Gjokaj is the founder of Lifehack Bootcamp, where he and his wife teach people how to arrange their daily to-do list […]

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EPISODE 21: JARED LEAF

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Jared Leaf was a great student athlete whose dreams were knocked off track when his college apartment started on fire. On this episode […]

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EPISODE 20: VON MILLER

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller joins Mike to talk about his high school career, playing football, […]

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EPISODE 19: TOLERANCE & ACCEPTANCE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Note: This episode contains in-depth and personal stories of teens dealing with intolerance. It is intended for mature audiences. In what feels […]

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EPISODE 18: WYN WILEY

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Many young people fall victim to comparing their abilities to that of professionals and become frustrated. It takes time and hard work […]

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EPISODE 17: WINONA GUO & PRIYA VULCHI

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – When Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi were sophomores in high school, they didn’t feel there were enough conversations in the classroom about […]

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EPISODE 16: HANNAH HUSTON

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – In 2016 Hannah Huston was a finalist on reality TV show, “The Voice,” but before that, she was a pre-school teacher. On […]

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EPISODE 15: RELATIONSHIPS

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – For many of us, high school is when we experience our first romantic relationship. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike visits […]

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EPISODE 14: US THE DUO

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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 […]

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EPISODE 13: SOCIAL MEDIA

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike challenged students across the country to take a 30 day digital detox from social media. In this episode of The Harbor […]

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EPISODE 12: DANNY SALAZAR

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – In 2016, Danny Salazar won the Jostens Project Yearbook category in the All American High School Film Festival for his film “Part […]

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EPISODE 11: CLAIRE WINELAND

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Claire Wineland’s YouTube channel helps teach people about the realities of illness and death. Living with cystic fibrosis herself, 20 year-old Claire […]

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EPISODE 10: STRESS & PRESSURE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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, […]

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EPISODE 09: DARIUS GLOVER

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Darius Glover was in a motocross accident that left him paralyzed when he was 15. As soon as he got out of […]

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EPISODE 08: TREVOR JACOB

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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 […]

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EPISODE 07: DJ RASHIDA

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Having goals and dreams is common, but being fully ready for your moment when the opportunity arises is not. On this episode […]

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EPISODE 06: ROSS SZABO

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – In conjunction with the end of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mike sits down with writer, speaker, author, and mental health and wellness […]

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EPISODE 05: BULLYING

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike talks with students about their experiences with subtweeting, trolling, the bystander effect, and the tragic consequences bullying can have on a student.

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EPISODE 04: JOHAN KHALILIAN

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Johan Khalilian is a speaker, author, actor, and content creator. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Johan shares the story of […]

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EPISODE 03: ALYSIA KEZERIAN

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – As a college student, Alysia Kezerian had a hiking accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. On this episode of The […]

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EPISODE 02: CHAD GREENWAY

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Chad Greenway is a former NFL linebacker who is known for his incredible work ethic both on and off the field, as […]

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EPISODE 01: HOW TO START

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Some students know what they want to do and where they want to go, but they just don’t know how to start. […]

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EPISODE 27: JOHN HARBAUGH

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – On the final episode of this season of The Harbor by Jostens, we give a sneak peek into our new episode format […]

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EPISODE 26: PURPOSE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – It’s easy to fall into the trap of equating busyness to being on your way to success. Without focus in our daily […]

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EPISODE 25: PATIENCE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – The need for instant gratification is growing in our society. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, speaker Aaron Davis shares the importance […]

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EPISODE 24: FAILURE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Failure is inevitably a part of everyone’s life. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, we hear students’ perspectives on failure and […]

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EPISODE 23: EDUCATION

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – ”Teachers are people too.” On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, educators from across the country sit on the crate to […]

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EPISODE 22: ERIN STANCZYK

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – On this week’s episode of The Harbor by Jostens, lifestyle coach and blogger, Erin Stanczyk, shares how three simple, daily actions can affect […]

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EPISODE 21: ALEXA SCORE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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 […]

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EPISODE 20: GROWING INTO YOUR GREATNESS

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – If you won the lottery and never had to work another day in your life, what would you spend your days doing? […]

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EPISODE 19: INSECURITIES

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Insecurities affect us all. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, dozens of high school students give us their perspectives on their insecurities […]

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EPISODE 18: S.A.V.E.

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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 […]

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EPISODE 17: SARAH EDWARDS

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Sarah Edwards, Founder of the organization I AM, shares how one small act of […]

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EPISODE 16: CARLOS NAVARRO

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Carlos Navarro immigrated from Cuba to the United States. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Carlos describes the culture shock and […]

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EPISODE 15: LEADERSHIP

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike delves into the topic of leadership. In particular, he focuses on how leaders’ […]

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EPISODE 14: KELIA MONIZ

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, professional surfer and Roxy model, Kelia Moniz, shows that confidence and true beauty are found only […]

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EPISODE 13: GOSSIP

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Gossip, drama, and rumors are problems that never really go away. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, we hear students’ thoughts […]

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EPISODE 12: DANNY EVANS

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Danny Evans, Vice President of Marketing for Ethika, discusses peer pressure. He points out that being […]

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EPISODE 11: GRIT

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike discusses a topic that studies have shown to be one of the most important factors […]

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EPISODE 10: AUSTIN EUBANKS

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Though a survivor of the tragic Columbine High School shootings, the trauma Austin Eubanks experienced led him down a path of substance […]

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EPISODE 9: SCHOOL SPIRIT

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – A common question among student leaders is, “How do we increase school spirit?” On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike shares […]

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EPISODE 8: WINNING

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Whether it’s in the classroom, on the playing field, or in the career field, life is full of competition. On this episode […]

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EPISODE 7: BULLYING

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – We’ve all had experiences with bullying. In this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike and students from across the country recount how […]

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EPISODE 6: CIVIC DUTY

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – The future of our country is dependent on how well we — and especially young people — exercise our civic duties. On […]

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EPISODE 5: JORDIN SPARKS

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jordin Sparks shares the emotional story of how her campaign, “I’m M.A.D. (Making A Difference), are you?” was started.

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EPISODE 4: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Social media has changed the way we look at the world and has done incredibly positive things, but we all know social […]

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EPISODE 3: LACEY HENDERSON

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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 […]

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EPISODE 2: BIAS

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Country music singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini talks about the importance of individuality.

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EPISODE 28: FORGIVENESS

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike recognizes that being aware of the needs of the community is everyone’s responsibility.

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EPISODE 26: KEVIN PEARCE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Former professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce shows his resilience as he recovers from a traumatic head injury.

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EPISODE 25: SERVICE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike talks about the importance of service, and distinguishes between volunteering and being “voluntold.”

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EPISODE 24: ARMANDO SANCHEZ

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Brent Camalich, CEO of DUDE. be nice, talks about the importance and power of kindness.

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EPISODE 18: NIKKI SIEGEL

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Nikki, the Outreach Director at The Bay, talks about the power of hope for everyone.

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EPISODE 17: PRESSURE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike talks about the importance of mentorship and how to be a good mentee.

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EPISODE 14: KAT HARRIS

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike emphasizes the importance of overcoming fear in order to fully pursue a passion.

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EPISODE 8: MATT SOETH

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – A call to students to be present with people and take time away from their devices.

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EPISODE 5: RYAN SHECKLER

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler talks about the struggle of going through his parents’ divorce.

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EPISODE 4: TIME MANAGEMENT

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Tips on navigating high school from students who recently graduated.

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EPISODE 2: STORIES NOT STUFF

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – A lesson on defining yourself through life experiences rather than the things you own.

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EPISODE 1: LEAVING A LEGACY

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike poses the question, “What legacy do you want to leave behind?”

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EPISODE 20: THE DINGO

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Photographer Quang Le describes how expressing his creativity through photography helped him channel his social anxiety.

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EPISODE 15: JEN ARAGON

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Azie Tesfai achieved her dream of becoming an actress, but 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Mike takes on the topic of distractions, namely those brought on by smart devices and social media, and recommends taking a “digital detox.”

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EPISODE 3: SKATE FOR CHANGE

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – 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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