This is a question youth wrestle with, trying out different personas and experimenting with activities, attitudes and friend groups, trying to find something that fits with their personal assets and giftedness.
Youth crave physical experiences with heights, speed, and rough-and-tumble play, and as they mature, they seek more strong sensations, new experiences, and intense feelings.
As programs are planning and beginning to reopen, it’s important to think of ways to help young people stay healthy through social distancing and other best practices related to prevention of the spread of coronavirus.
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.
How can youth intentionally build life skills like critical thinking and adaptability, while engaged in adventures like overnight camping or deconstructing an appliance?
Want to learn more about how to be supportive and inclusive of LGBTQ youth? Eileen Wise, a youth development specialist at Penn State Better Kid Care and primary author of the PYD series, shares four things to keep in mind.
What's the secret to getting children excited about afterschool activities? Some afterschool professionals seem to have a magic touch: They know just what to do to engage and challenge youth. And the proof of their wizardry is that children keep coming back for more!