August ’17 Newsletter
Welcome back! As we push towards the beginning of a new school year, let’s not forgot about the great youth development opportunities that Summer can provide. In this newsletter, we will take a look back at two summer camp programs that provide valuable experiences for both youth and college students. The programs for review are the RPTS 300 Camp Leadership class and Deerfoot Youth Camp.
Chad Nelson, RPTS graduate student/HLKN faculty
Over the past two years, Chad Nelson has pulled double and sometimes triple duty as Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department Health and Kinesiology, a doctoral graduate student in RPTS as well as camp director for Deerfoot Youth Camp. Below is a link to a story about the importance that youth camps can provide to undeserved and disadvantaged boys.
If you were to develop, lead or observe an ideal youth development program, what would it look like? What programmatic, leadership and structural elements would be present? All youth development organizations and programs wrestle with this question. In the early 2000’s, a group of youth development scholars and practitioners met under the auspices of the National Research Council to develop a list of eight essential elements for a quality youth development programs (Eccles & Gootman, 2002; Larson, Eccles, & Gootman, 2004). Practitioners developing and leading youth development programs should strongly consider the extent to which their programming efforts incorporate each of these programmatic elements in their current efforts. The eight program elements identified by the National Research Council panel were:
The 6th Youth-Nex Conference,
education, policy, and social programs. The 6th Youth-Nex Conference, “Youth Act: Social Justice, Civic and Political Engagement,” (#YouthAct17), will provide a forum for educators, policy-makers, and practitioners across the country to focus on critical questions about a range
of issues around youth civics activism and political engagement.
The Strengthening Youth and Families Conference is Texas’ only interagency-funded annual conference for youth-serving professionals, attracting over 300 attendees who come together for several days of networking and professional development.
The Conference Planning Committee seeks to offer workshops related to the promotion of positive youth development and the prevention, intervention, and treatment of high risk behaviors in youth. Workshops will be geared to a multi-disciplinary audience of youth-serving professionals, volunteers, and family members.