Parenting

Matinee Scholars, Inc 501 C3

An after school situation comedy, written, acted, and in some cases filmed by middle school students, YMCA attendees, or Boys/Girls clubs.  The episodes created address bullying within the context of storytelling, and allow students to vent their feelings through fictional cast of a sit-com.

Mental, Emotional and Verbal "Karate"

Most bullying prevention involves conveying to kids how hurtful it can be and hoping those doing it will stop, and having consequences if they don't.  Teaching young people to have Unconditional Self-Acceptance (USA) and an Internal Locus of Control are often missing from such prevention programs.  Our thoughts about our life events cause how we feel, not the events. We all have cognitive choices that we make that really determine how we feel about ourselves and anything else, that we alone make.

Negotiating the Curves toward Employment: A Guide About Youth Involved in the Foster Care System

This guide provides facts and statistics about youth involved in the foster care system; gives examples of states and communities that are changing policy and practices; identifies areas requiring further attention by policymakers and providers of services; and identifies resources and tools to assist cross-system collaborative efforts.

Forever Family

Forever Family produces mini documentaries and negotiates free media time on major broadcast stations. We produce these stories about children in foster care and about foster care to air within television newscasts. These stories are crafted to engage the public and mobilize local media talent both on-air and in community-wide promotions.  

DrawSuccess 4 Students

DrawSuccess 4 Students is a newly-formed non-profit organization dedicated to helping students change their world in a fun and rewarding way.  In Latin "to educate" means "to draw out."  In the same way, DrawSuccess 4 Students uses a unique, experiential process (the DrawSuccess Game) that "draws out" ideas and solutions from student participants in a wide variety of areas, including bullying, career preparation and more.   In addition, participants learn how to improve relationships by discovering their 'inner genius' personality style.

Engaging Parents in a Community Youth Development Initiative

Drawing on a larger evaluation of the Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program, this issue brief describes lessons learned about how to best engage parents in a community youth development initiative. It emphasizes the benefits of engaging parents who are not typically well connected to schools or other community institutions, including those who do not speak English. 

Defining Multiple Pathways for High School Graduation

With a specific focus on the need for high school reform, there is a growing movement for revisiting multiple pathway approaches in preparing 21st century students for college, career and civic participation. Saunders and Chrisman argue this is based on the fundamental insight that career and technical education  previously called vocational education  can be academically rigorous.The following excerpt from their writings on the topic illustrates their argument.

Brain Works & Coping Skills for Kids

This resource is based on research on pre-teens' coping challenges during the critical transition period from elementary to middle school. A national group of educators, emotional health and teacher education experts helped to create an open-access, "virtual classroom" where 9-12 yr. olds learn about brain and behavior changes during early adolescence. This nonprofit, free resource is based on research with over 700 students in elementary grades 4-6.

Community-School Partnerships to Support Youth Development

Drawing on a larger evaluation of the Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program, this issue brief examines lessons learned about how to foster school-community partnerships to support youth development.

Cooperative Extension-4-H Youth Development

Every state in the USA has a Cooperative Extension that is part of their Land Grant College and USDA. It has a wide variety of information and programs available, and is different in every state. 4-H started in 1902 and has been going strong ever since.