September ’17 Newsletter
Welcome to the start of a new academic year! As a part of September’s newsletter, I would to welcome the new faculty and graduate students in Youth Development at Texas A&M. As we continue to grow and meet the youth development training needs for Texas, we are interested in learning about areas of training that might be more beneficial to you, the practitioner. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions and ideas.
New YD faculty!
Dr. Andrea Ettekal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Ettekal conducts research and teaches courses in the area of youth development. She received her PhD in Family and Human Development in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University and then completed a post-doc in the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University.
In her research, Dr. Ettekal examines how youth spend their out-of-school time hours in ways that contribute to their positive, healthy development and simultaneously benefits their communities. Her specific interests are in youth out-of-school time program evaluation, peer processes in youth programs, cultural relevance of out-of-school programs, and character development through participation in out-of-school programs. She has a special interest in youth sports and has contributed to multiple large-scale evaluations of Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit focused on character development through youth sport.
Most girls and women in the United States are given advice about rape prevention: never let your drink out of your sight, don’t walk alone at night, don’t wear revealing outfits or high heels, and so on. We live in a society where violence against women-both in action and in speech-is prevalent, and for that reason, it’s reasonable for those who care about women and girls to worry about their safety. But what are men and boys being taught, as girls are given this advice? Click link in title to read more.
Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States, affecting over 16 million adults. The prevalence of depression among parents of children under age 18 is similar to that in the adult population generally. Both mothers and fathers experience depression, and approximately 15.6 million children-1 in 5-live with an parent who is severely depressed. Click link in title to read more.
- On the local level, among its clientele, support for Extension is strong.
- The 4-H program is the most prominent Extension program.
- Historical assessments have found that overall customer satisfaction for cooperative Extension programs is high.
- There is economic benefit in stakeholder investment in Extension
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.