Proactively educating youth and identifying trends in youth issues is a critical part of youth work. Learn ways to deal with various issues in your youth program.
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Youth Development Insight
Our faculty blog about research, issues and trends in the field. Join the conversation!
"Sam" is an American Indian youth in one of the 4-H clubs that I help lead. He doesn't participate in every meeting, but has stayed involved for two years. Sam is a natural leader. He has great ideas and has helped the club plan and carry out a meaningful service project.
Sometimes, Sam comes in agitated and rambunctious, talking over others and derailing the meeting.
In grad school, I often heard the term "queer" used to describe LGBT youth - without any negative connotation, just as a neutral term. I also have vivid memories from my younger days of being called queer as an insult.
So when this word is used to describe the community I belong to, it often often trips me up.
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Reports & journal articles
What we're reading
From journals and the popular media. Selected by our youth issues educator Amber Shanahan.
- Adulting school teaches young adults grown-up skills- MPR
- Teens Want More Education About the Electoral Process
- Text Your Way to College
- Teenagers in The Times
- So We Know Students Are Stressed Out ... Now Let's Talk About It Jacquie Lee, NPR Digital Media May 12, 2016
- Schools are now teaching kids - and their parents - how to deal with stress - The Washington Post
- Aspen Challenge: Youth Driven Solutions to Real World Problems | Aspen Ideas Festival
- The Social Emotional Well-Being of College Students | Aspen Ideas Festival
- Minnesota High School Screens Students for ACEs to Develop Trauma-informed Education | Youth Today
- Finding Hope: Shepherding Un(der) Documented Students to a Thriving Life After High School | Youth Today
Our past presentations
This symposium focuses on the latest findings from research on adolescent brain development, and the implications of this research for our field’s practice and policy work. 2012. Read more.