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 10: EVENTS VS. INTENT

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Event organizers can often get hung up in the nitty-gritty details of their event, especially when it comes to attendance numbers and who shows up. In this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, 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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Season 3
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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Season 3
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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Season 3
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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Season 2
EPISODE 25: SERVICE

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

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Season 2
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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Season 2
EPISODE 15: MENTORSHIP

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

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Season 2
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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Season 2
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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Season 2
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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Season 1
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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Season 1
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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Season 1
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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