This summer, members of the National Afterschool Association spent time with the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) and Scottish Government in Scotland as part of the annual International Learning Exchange (ILE).
There is no doubt that the job market is changing rapidly. Youth, their families and educators are struggling with how to prepare for the future. They wonder what jobs are going to persist and what jobs are not going to be needed in a changing economic environment.
When people hear that a person of any age is a black belt in martial arts, they immediately begin to visualize a "fighter" who trains to punch, kick, and grapple, and has the ability to cause harm to those around them.
Those in education say it every year: "How does the summer go so fast?"
How many times have you felt lost and frustrated when it comes to feeling confident in supporting children's and youth needs?
When school is out, Boys & Girls Clubs are IN, and in most of the country, summer programming is well underway.