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Here’s What Meaningful Youth Engagement Looks Like

By Christabel Netondo, International Youth Foundation As a young woman born and raised in Kenya, I’ve had the privilege of engaging in positive youth development (PYD) programming on two levels: as a participant, and also in more active leadership and collaborator roles. My involvement in these programs has provided me with exposure to the challenges […]

Re-Engaging Youth in Out-of-School Spaces

By Ashlee Sjogren, Youth-Nex Highlights: Engaging students in out-of-school spaces is critical to supporting the whole student. Peers, families, program content, and a fun environment all serve as sources of engagement that programs can optimize on. However, both interpersonal tensions and repetition of content can be reasons that middle school students decide not to engage […]

Elevating equity and community voice beyond the pandemic

By Leah Brogan, Kali Hackett, Cameron McConkey, Karissa Phelps, & Dijonée Talley, Youth Today Over the last eighteen months, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to tectonic shifts in the ways our families, communities, workplaces, and institutions operate. As Stoneleigh Foundation Emerging Leader Fellows, we have seen firsthand how the pandemic has amplified long-standing inequities in […]

Designing for Youth-Centered Moderation and Community Governance in Minecraft

Tekinbaş, K. S., Jagannath, K., Lyngs, U., & Slovák, P. (2021). Designing for Youth-Centered Moderation and Community Governance in Minecraft. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 28(4), 1–41. https://doi.org/10.1145/3450290 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Online environments can promote technical, emotional, and social skills to positively influence online behaviors.  Positive outcomes are more likely to form in […]

[Webinar] Youth Engaged, Heard and Empowered

Date: Aug 19, 2021 01:00 PM EST Ever wonder how mentoring programs can engage & empower youth in creative ways? And how youth involvement can bolster relationships and communities? In this upcoming webinar, professionals and youth will provide recommendations on how programs can best engage and empower youth. To register for the event, please click […]

Get Youth Involved in Evaluation of Your Program To Shift Power, Build Their Skills

By Valerie Threlfall, Joseph E. Luesse, and Kim Sabo Flores, Youth Today Young people have a long history of pushing societal boundaries, helping us grow and evolve by promoting social, racial and political justice, often speaking up when adults do not have the courage or will to do so.  In fact, they have provided leadership […]

Youth Programs Can Improve Engagement by Reducing Barriers and Strengthening Relationships

By Akiva Liberman, Sham Habteselasse, Sam Hanft, & Kristin Anderson Moore, Child Trends Why do programs for youth and young adults often struggle to recruit, retain, and engage participants long enough and deeply enough to achieve the programs’ intended outcomes? Too often, the youth who could benefit most from programs seem the least likely to […]

Can you schedule fun? Implications for Mentors

Written by Erika Ebsworth-Goold-WUSTL Life moves fast, and finding enough hours in the day to get everything done is, at times, a seemingly impossible task. Scheduling—whether keeping a calendar, a to-do list, or setting a smartphone reminder—is a saving grace for many people trying to accomplish as much as they can, as efficiently as they […]