program design

July 12, 2019
This article introduces a new strengths-based approach to youth development program practice developed in Queensland, Australia. This approach is encapsulated in a good practice framework, its six principles, their underlying indicators, and examples of action. The framework is a wholly new synthesis of academic, youth, and practitioner expertise, and demonstrates the complex ecological nature of youth programs and the bi-directional links between the diversity of staff and youth needs, and contributions made within the program environment. I introduce the framework by discussing each of the...
March 03, 2016
This report was published by the 4H Centre for Youth Development, University of California HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT: Youth development theory is an emerging field of research, with a growing emphasis on positive youth development. The term “youth development” can be seen in three different ways: as the natural process through which youth grow into adults; as a set of principles underlying youth programs that encourage thriving among youth; or as a set of practices that foster the development of young people. The purpose of this monograph is to review and consider the...
March 02, 2016
This article looks at how young teens and their parents offer complex and often idiosyncratic reasons and insights into why they do or do not participate in structured activities. Young teens and their parents clearly state that the "if you build it, they will come" approach, even if it is well built, is only part of the solution for engaging young people in learning opportunities. Interviews with youth and parents explore what they are doing and what they say they want in their nonschool hours. Opportunities that are flexible, less structured, and more leisure-based emerge as priorities....
March 01, 2016
This video was produced by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO:In order for a program to be successful, it’s important to identify desired goals and outcomes. Once these have been determined, it’s time to establish a clear process that will help you design and then put your program into action. Jennifer Skuza and Sherry Boyce from the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development join us for a one hour webinar that introduces the concept of intentionality as a framework for creating new “architecture” in a youth program. The session begins with an overview...
February 03, 2016
Developed from a YouthREX webinar featuring Jennifer Skuza, Associate Dean, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development, and Sherry Boyce, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. Being intentional in your program design means thinking about organizational outcomes and the needs of participants when making decisions. Here's a sneak peek of what you can find in this factsheet:There is a set of Design Principles that can be used in developing your program. Balance: Are your desired learning experiences represented in your design and...