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Abrupt change is a big opportunity to improve youth programs

By Nancy Hegland

Two weeks ago, I was planning for this blog post to be about the busy-ness of our lives. I had gathered multiple resources to base my thoughts on at the time. I knew that my professional and personal life would be extra busy, too, as I wrapped up some major work projects and attended my own teenagers' events. Then our lives changed and we were all forced to adjust.

Along with adjusting our personal lives, we are adapting the way that we provide positive youth development experiences. This past week, my colleagues have brought considerable creativity, innovation, and exploration to bear on this problem. Their efforts will enable us to deliver distance learning far into the future and beyond the current, immediate need.

As we are seeing, change can be an opportunity as well as a challenge. As I thought about change, it made me think about ways that we are adjusting our work, as families and communities seek programs that benefit youth today. John Kotter has written s…