Experts agree that a key ingredient in getting young people really engaged in afterschool or out-of-school time programs is giving youth opportunities to develop as leaders. Service is another key ingredient that's intimately linked to leadership—like two sides of a coin, the coin of self-efficacy.
I recently had a great chat with a parent that highlighted a prevalent fear among parents everywhere: technology. Parents don't know how to embrace the technology their kids are using AND keep them safe in the process!
Afterschool is reading How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature, by Scott D. Sampson.
What's the key to raising a child who's connected to nature? Spend time outdoors.
Anyone working on collective impact strategies for children and youth won't want to miss the new issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review—the journal that helped to launch the collective impact movement.
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.