The National AfterSchool Association and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents have recently published the latest issue of the Journal of Youth Development. The open-source, peer-reviewed, quarterly online publication is dedicated to advancing youth development practice and research.
Youth violence is a significant public health problem affecting thousands of young people each day. It's a leading cause of death and nonfatal injuries in the United States, yet the impact extends well beyond physical consequences—affecting not just youth, but their families, schools and communities as well. As afterschool leaders and professionals, we have a responsibility to promote healthy and safe development for our young people, communities and employees—and a new resource from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can help.
Did you use the 4Cs today?
Of course you did.
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.
On vacation last summer, I visited the Elliot Bay Bookstore in Seattle, Washington—IMO one of the best independent bookstores in the nation—and picked up Jenny Lawson's new book: You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds.
I'M SUCH A MILLENNIAL. Really. I can't speak for 80 million people, but I align so deeply to all the things discussed (and so many of the clichés), including wanting to have a purpose I'm deeply connected to (or finding that purpose), seeking balance and meaning with my work, but more than anything, wanting to change the world and make it a better place.
Patron Saint of Overstuffed Cars, pray for us. I am no Kardashian. I don't think I've ever had anything I've posted on social media come anywhere close to going viral. But this photo I posted a few weeks ago of me, my daughter and mother-in-law as we set out on a long road trip came pretty close.
Our brains are wired for novelty. We know this because we are alerted each time a stimulus in our environment feels out of the ordinary. This has always been a wonderful advantage, and an aspect of human brain development that our survival as a species depends on. It's time to change up the dull routine of incoming information that arrives via predictable, tedious, well-worn roadways.