The 12 traits of “flourishers”20131014070033

The 12 traits of “flourishers”

This is one of the many gems from sociologist Corey Keyes‘s keynote at the 6th Conference on Emerging Adulthood. He was explaining the concept of flourishers: those individuals who report that “every day” or “almost every day” they experience happiness, but less so for...
“Truancy, lack of school attendance is not a kid problem; it’s a parent problem.”20130729125916

“Truancy, lack of school attendance is not a kid problem; it’s a parent problem.”

What’s more, as Hannah’s Story intimates, this “parent problem” will not be solved on the level of the individual, but with broad social change. If you haven’t been following the Times’ coverage of Carroll Academy, start here and here. There is a ton more in the a...
Last day to see Artistic Noise exhibit at Commons Gallery20130619142833

Last day to see Artistic Noise exhibit at Commons Gallery

Artistic Noise gives youth in the juvenile justice system the opportunity to document their lives and express themselves through the visual arts. Their nine-month program includes life and job skills training, and culminates in an art show at a gallery. Right now Storytellers is on exhibit at the C...
A young person’s perspective on how to talk about race and identity20130611175403

A young person’s perspective on how to talk about race and identity

One of my youth advisors gave me clever advice today on how to engage youth in care in conversations around race and identity, which she agrees are critical to discuss in a foster care setting. Here they are: 1. Use your personal experience to open a general discussion on a sensitive topic. Ask a ...
Great mentoring ideas from Adoptment20130529120724

Great mentoring ideas from Adoptment

[Obligatory apologies for neglecting this blog.] I’ve been meaning to write about an idea coming out of the Adoptment program to bring more structure into their mentoring sessions. The group has recently handed over the planning of one session to each mentor/mentee pair. Aside from allowing ...
Lessons in social entrepreneurship from Year Up’s founder20130207151004

Lessons in social entrepreneurship from Year Up’s founder

Yesterday Gerald Chertavian flew into New York City to give a very inspirational talk about how he started Year Up. He had really solid advice about filling the gaps in your knowledge by hiring a diverse team of people and being very selective when it comes to assembling a board, but all those thi...
Youth Communication’s Summer Writing Workshop20120427083617

Youth Communication’s Summer Writing Workshop

I’ve been neglecting this blog, I know, but it’s been for good reason. I’m developing a couple new workshops, one on the teen brain for New Alternatives for Children (more on that later), and two for Youth Communication‘s Summer Writing Workshop (apply here). This year’...
Getting on the same page with basic concepts20120330075405

Getting on the same page with basic concepts

I’m not sure if I’ve already mentioned in this space how I fell into what I’m doing. Basically, one evening my husband came home from a mentoring training session and told me how his group facilitator was struggling with the question of how to help her young people transition to ad...
Indexes of engagement20120317090417

Indexes of engagement

YsetteMarch 17, 2012, , 0
I don’t yet have the evaluations in hand from the last workshop, but based on the energy in the room and the output of the young people, I could safely say that the Tribal Rites of Passage activity was a success. Even though some people could not make it back for the second session due [&helli...
MASA-MexEd20111214010452

MASA-MexEd

If you’ve been reading my blog regularly, you know that I have an interest in community centers that cater to the educational and developmental needs of the city’s youth. Yesterday I learned about yet another one. The New York Times recently had an article on how the children of Mexican ...
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