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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Autism: The fastest growing developmental disability impacts youth development

By Darcy Cole

If you have worked in youth development for long, you probably have encountered at least one youth who seems “unique”. You might not know exactly why he or she is different, but you know for some reason she is. That something may be called autism.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

How can we overcome gender bias in STEM education?

By Rebecca Meyer

Isis Wenger, creator of the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign
How do we engage women in productive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers when stereotypes run so deep? A recent ad campaign by a company recruiting engineers ignited a social media dialogue about sexism in the tech industry and what people believe engineers should look like. One of the ads featured a female engineer, which elicited sexist comments in social media.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bridging the higher ed aspiration-achievement gap

By Joanna Tzenis

Many young people aspire to go to college, but there’s a gap between aspirations for higher education and actually enrolling. This is an important gap to address because lower levels of educational attainment are associated with higher levels of poverty.

Here are the numbers: In the U.S. in 2011, a higher percentage of young adults without a high school diploma (31 percent) were living in poverty than those who had completed high school (24 percent) and those who had earned a bachelor’s or higher degree (14 percent) (U.S. Department of Education, 2011).

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Video for learning and engagement

By Sara Langworthy

Online video is ubiquitous for watching and sharing content – especially for young people. In fact, many youth are watching more free online video content (11.3 hours per week) than traditional TV (8.3 hours per week). A recent survey by Defy Media suggests that younger viewers find YouTube content more entertaining than traditional TV shows and they are more likely to view YouTube creators as role models than TV stars.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How to make impactful summer learning experiences

By Carrie Ann Olson

The summer schedule for young people can be full of adventure, curiosity and exploration. On the other hand, the lack of structure can cause boredom and lack of motivation. Youth practitioners may find it hard to come up with appealing activities non-formal learning environments that foster education and career success, healthy relationships and engaged citizenship.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Online activism, a forum for 21st century giving

By Trudy Dunham

My colleague Jennifer Skuza's new profile photo.
Did you add a rainbow to your Facebook profile photo last week?  Did you think twice before making your decision? Was it a risky choice for you? Did you think of it as a meaningful action?

Following the Supreme Court decision on June 26 that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, more than a million Facebook users changed their profile images in celebration.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Youth programs need bricoleurs (that’s you)

By Pamela Larson Nippolt

Today, youth workers are expected to be social innovators. Francis Westley teaches us about the place for bricolage in designing innovative programs that address critical issues facing youth. Bricolage is the “DIY” of program design or, as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, “construction (as of a sculpture or a structure of ideas) achieved by using whatever comes to hand; also something constructed in this way.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Indignities and insults: Racial microaggressions

By Trish Olson, Extension Center for Family Development

This post first appeared in Family Matters, the newsletter of the Extension Center for Family Development.

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Have you ever attended a conference where, when someone asks you afterward “What did you learn?” you drew a blank? Such was not the case with the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) conference I attended in Washington, D.C. last week.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Making curiosity happen

By Jessica Pierson Russo

I’ve been thinking about curiosity and how to spark it. My colleague Anne Stevenson recently asked why the innate skill of asking questions tends to drop off as we move through school and into careers. This prompted me to look a bit more deeply into how we can more intentionally develop curiosity as a skill in our youth programs.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Put it in writing: Why you should get published

By Jennifer Skuza

There is something so rewarding about seeing your name in print as an author. You may think about youth continuously, do the work every day, hone your practice and even conduct applied research but even so, when you publish, you receive validation from peers that shows your work contributes to the field of youth development.
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