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Hello and welcome to The Digital Zen Podcast.

I'm your host, Helen Roe.

 

The digital landscape is changing the way we love, live, parent and teach.

On this podcast I'll be talking with experts and thought leaders around the globe, sharing insights and advice to help you live calmer and happier with tech and the young teens in your life. 

 

Now, Get Ready for some Zen.

 

Jul 21, 2018

Zack Bryers has been a homeless teenager, a soldier in Afghanistan, a gridiron player for Australia, a Churchill Fellow, and now a youth worker.

After leaving home at 15, Zack spent time on the streets, before he set a goal to join the army which turned his life around. He spent tours of duty in Afghanistan before post-traumatic stress disorder saw him medically discharged. Within 18 months Zack was playing for the Australian gridiron team in the World Cup in the United States. He then trained as a youth worker.

With compassion and consistency and drawing on his own experiences, Zack supports and inspires some of our community’s most disadvantaged and disengaged young people.

Here's just some of what we cover in this episode:

  • key milestones in Zack's life that led him to receiving the prestigious 2018 ACT Young Australian of the year award 
  • the warning signs of a disengaged youth and what to do about it
  • external validation, what it means and why teens crave it
  • ways to improve low self esteem in young people
  • how to spark interest and hope in teens that have tuned out
  • goal setting and how it transforms a teens mood and mindset 
  • how young teens can make the most of technology and use it for positive growth and development

Further Resources

To learn more about Zack and the work he does visit his website.