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, Jostens customers have access to a downloadable critical thinking discussion guide to foster student-led discussions for all 50+ episodes. Check out two great episodes below.
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 — give permission to others to behave a certain way. Mike points out that if you see someone behaving in a way that you disagree with, saying or doing nothing gives everyone else permission to remain silent. What kind of permission you give?
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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), […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Veronica Tolentino reveals her story of being in an unhealthy relationship and reminds everyone that they deserve to be treated with love and respect.
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.
Musician and actor Quincy Brown discusses the importance of working hard to achieve success, and stresses that greatness is not simply handed to anyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.