Still not comfortable with the reality of millennials in the workplace? You may get your mind blown by the Generation Z cohort—your next class of interns. According to Forbes, Generation Z made up 25 percent of the U.S. population in 2015, making them a larger cohort than baby boomers or millennials.
As an undergraduate, I wrote a thank-you to a professional who'd spoken to my Fundamentals of Public Relations class. I received a response that was, rather than inspiring or challenging, openly hostile and threatening. She called me "overly emotional" and "saccharine"—essentially, a kiss-ass! I thought I blew it.
Afterschool professionals know the importance of one caring adult in the life of a child. Research and anecdotes show that knowledgeable and skilled staff are crucial to quality afterschool programs that result in positive youth outcomes; relationships between adults and youth are key.