Develop youth to have the skills for success in life.
Kasserian Ingera! (Are the Children Well)
Building Youth Programs that Make a Difference
Time spent with caring adults outside of the home and classroom can have a profound impact on how youth see themselves and the world around them. We know from our research that Out-of-School Time (OST) programs, ranging from mentorship, athletics, the arts or academic support, have the potential to build social and emotional skills that are critical to young peoples’ success.
Search Institute offers research-based tools and resources to translate the passion and commitment of your youth development staff into effective developmental relationships that help young people thrive.
I am convinced that if we want to turn things around for our students, the creation and collaboration with the Black Student Unions (BSU) are imperative. First off, this is the best place to impact droves of Black Students. These programs may go by other names, Pan African Unions, Student Councils, Mentoring, the point is that we create student organizations that assist in developing youth to have the skills for success in life. These types of organizations (Project Cornerstone is a powerful example) provide a powerful link to school and extracurricular activities for greater impact with our children.
Professional Development Workshops
This workshop introduces the five core components of the Developmental Relationships Framework with practical ways to put these concepts into practice.
Middle and high school students are empowered to see themselves as leaders, recognize the leadership skills that they have and could develop in this workshop. They’re taught use those skills to improve their schools, programs, and communities.
The YAPS survey is the DAP survey plus additional measures of program quality from the youth perspective. It measures the internal strengths and external supports as well as how your program is doing, from the perspective of youth.
This survey is a comprehensive snapshot of youth across eight domains: support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity.
Free Youth Programming Resource
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