After a long year of online classes and Zoom meetings, young people in Vermont are ready for the summer filled with fun. And we, as youth workers and third space program providers, cannot afford to miss out on this opportunity to have a meaningful impact on our youths’ lives. Just like adults, youth lost control… Read more »
Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. Although it was not the first time an individual was killed by a police officer, the killing of Mr. Floyd by a police officer united protesters worldwide to march against systemic racism and police brutality. Numerous protests were organized in support of Black Lives… Read more »
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name (1961) I am quoting James Baldwin not only because he’s my favorite author, but because that sentence highlights the importance of modeling for children and youth. They trust what they see… Read more »
The uncertainty that looms over our head, lost opportunities, canceled events, physical isolation, career setbacks, and physical, mental, and economic hardships caused by the global pandemic has affected us all. The primary focus for many of us has been all about safety. We are all trying our best to keep all parts of our lives… Read more »
The weekly conversations between programs continued this week and focused on a reopening challenge that will impact virtually everyone on some level: maintaining awareness around our social and emotional health. There are some more general themes and then some specific resources that I’ll highlight here. The themes came from Sara Forward, LICSW of the Vermont… Read more »
As information about the novel coronavirus unfolds, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Remember to recognize that everyone is having different responses and that over the next few days or weeks you may experience periods of: Difficulty concentrating and sleeping Anxiety, worry, panic Anger … Read more »
Recent data from afterschool programs in Vermont show that elementary school boys are more likely than elementary school girls to have high levels of assertiveness by a significant margin. We explore what this means for empowering young people in Vermont.
We’re thrilled to share our new social emotional learning (SEL) video produced by Mondo Mediaworks. This video highlights our SEL leadership and training initiative, also known as the Youth Resiliency Project, that is funded by the Northfield Savings Bank Foundation and launched in Fall 2018. This project is focused on supporting afterschool and out-of-school time… Read more »