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Student Engagement: Building Relationships, Finding Their Sparks

Reprinted from the Search Institute Engaging young people can sometimes feel like pulling teeth. Trust between adults and students doesn’t just happen, it takes intention, openness, and patience. Like most of us, students respond to kindness, repeated interest, empathy and compassion. Finding students’ sparks, their passions that they find deeply motivating, and building a relationship […]

Building Connection: Conversation Starters for Youth in Challenging Times

Reprinted from the Search Institute We’ve all noticed that young people seem to escape into their own world. And it’s not just the screens and headphones. Let’s face it, these are challenging times for young people—and for all of us, to be fair. It’s challenging to find common ground and share a positive future for […]

4 e-Learning Design Practices for Reaching More Young People

By Lynda Aaron and Linda Fogarty, Reprinted from the International Youth Foundation The United Nations started World Youth Skills Day (July 15) in 2014 to celebrate and emphasize “the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship.” This year, as communities continue to rebuild and as young people prepare […]

Make No Choice Without Youth Voice

  By Kameryn Point, Reprinted from the American Youth Policy Forum When I was a teacher, my students’ voices were rarely taken into consideration at the school. The students had solid recommendations about what they needed and what would work best for them to succeed, yet decisions about their education were continuously made without their […]

What can we learn from historically marginalized youth’ experiences with after-school engagement?

Sjogren, A. L., & Melton, T. N. (2021). The complexities of student engagement for historically marginalized youth in an after-school program. Journal of Youth Development, 16(5), 105–121. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2021.1068 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although after-school programs are known for promoting positive youth outcomes, families from under-resourced backgrounds are less likely to have access to […]

The impact and experiences of Campus Connections Aotearoa | Tūhono Aiopīpī youth mentees and university student practitioners: Quantitative evaluation report 2017–2019. University of Auckland

Deane, K.L., Bullen, P., Wilder, K., & Williamson-Dean, R. (2020). The impact and experiences of Campus Connections Aotearoa | Tūhono Aiopīpī youth mentees and university student practitioners: Quantitative evaluation report 2017–2019. University of Auckland. https://cpb-ap-se2.wpmucdn.com/blogs.auckland.ac.nz/dist/c/389/files/2016/06/CC-A-Evaluation-Report.pdf Reprinted from the Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Auckland [Reprinted from the Highlights Section] This report […]

Predictors of foster care youths’ engagement in preventive interventions

Hambrick, E., Lee, S.-K., Weiler, L., Collins, J. O., Rhodes, T., & Taussig, H. (2022). Engagement in a preventive intervention for preadolescent children in foster care: Considerations for intervention design. Child Psychiatry & Human Development.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-022-01341-8 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: High levels of engagement are essential for preventative interventions. However, it’s challenging […]

Here’s What Meaningful Youth Engagement Looks Like

By Christabel Netondo, Reprinted from the 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 […]