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Be inspired by stories of reckless faith from around the world. These stories encourage us to keep going, to never give up, until every child is known and loved.
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Putting on Their Armor

Hanna Firstenberger, Back2Back staff, held a bucket of water in one hand and a tangerine in the other. She smiled at the faces gathered around her on the floor as she dropped the tangerine into the water. They watched together as it floated to the surface. “Why did it float?” she asked her class, and… Read more


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Better When We Are Together

The island in the middle of the kitchen and the round, white tables just outside it are becoming sacred ground. What was once simply a church in Price Hill has become a gathering space for children after school to play games, eat food prepared specifically for them, and to connect with both their peers and… Read more


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A Dance, and Story, of Victory

I’m unwanted. I’m ugly. I can’t do things by myself – I’m dumb. The printed words on scraps of colored construction paper bore an honest pain. Back2Back Cincy staff read them with sensitivity and then folded them into a loop, adding them to a growing paper chain. A paper chain of lies students were believing… Read more



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Leaving His Mark on His City

you asked for truth But I don’t believe you really want it Because more often than not when you ask for the truth they cant accept it  They change the channel, ignore it, anything not to face it  Three years ago, the team at Back2Back Cincinnati met a young man named Jay through Rising Leaders,… Read more


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“How’s Your Heart Running?”

A regulation technique we teach is to answer the question: “How’s your engine running?”  If the answer is “slow”, they turn a dial on a paper plate speedometer to blue; if the answer is“too fast”, the dial goes to red.  If all is calm, and they’re just right, the dial lands on green. For teens… Read more


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Learning Patience Off the Court

A normally clamorous basketball court sits empty and orange balls sit idle outside the Back2Back Cincinnati Academy downtown. The teens are waiting patiently inside for another type of game – one sitting opposite a safe adult over a cream and brown checkered board.  Chess may seem like an unlikely after-homework activity, but it has been… Read more


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Taking Good Care of Each Other

Self-regulation is a tool every Back2Back Cincinnati staff member is equipped and ready to offer the teens they serve. While the phrase itself may sound complicated, how to reach self-regulation can actually be easy. For the children and teens in Cincinnati, it starts with mints and gum. When a child who is dysregulated chews on… Read more


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Getting Through it Together

Getting Through it Together Skylar* looked around the new space where he was learning. He didn’t recognize any of his new “classmates” and no one from his own neighborhood was present. He was used to being surrounded by people who looked like him and his older brother. The people around him today were from another… Read more



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