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 22: Grief

COPYRIGHT JOSTENS 2020 – Grief is something we all go through, but we can experience it very differently. In this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, 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. NOTE: This episode includes descriptions of how Alexa felt while she was grieving her father’s death and may be triggering for some viewers. We recommend notifying students of the topic prior to the episode being shown, especially if it will be discussed publicly, so they have a chance to opt-out in a manner that respects their privacy.

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Season 5
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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Season 5
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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Season 05
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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Season 5
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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Season 4
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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Season 4
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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Season 3
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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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 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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