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Cover page of Supporting Productive Educator Practices for Out-of-School Time

Supporting Productive Educator Practices for Out-of-School Time

(2021)

Online learning environments may provide opportunities for youth to learn, grow, and practice around a subject matter that are similar to the opportunities provided in physical learning environments. online learning during out-of-school time, educators must continue to plan program goals and a sequence of learning experiences, employ experiential education, and promote positive youth development. This fact sheet offers best practices and examples of activities for teaching online during out-of-school time.

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Program Elements for Engaging Latinx Youth and Families

(2021)

This practitioner brief offers key recommendations that emerged from a 2-year qualitative study that draws on observations of thirteen organizations in California serving Latinx youth and the perspectives of seventeen youth development professionals and fifty-three Latinx and diverse youth. 

To sustain Latinx youth participation over time, program leaders listen to Latinx youth and family voices, and their experiences inform all aspects of programming. This allows leaders to determine appropriate incentives, tap Latinx community strengths, create meaningful ladders of opportunity, and, most importantly, ensure participants are safe and having fun.

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Conceptual Framework of Effective Organizations Serving Latinx Youth

(2021)

This practitioner brief offers key conceptual framework recommendations that emerged from a 2-year qualitative study that draws on observations of thirteen organizations in California serving Latinx youth and the perspectives of seventeen youth development professionals and fifty-three Latinx and diverse youth.

The conceptual framework, or philosophy, of an organization constitutes the distinctive and long-lasting principles and values that guide leaders, staff members, and their work. Effective Latinx youth development organizations use a guiding philosophy that builds on mainstream positive youth development research and practice and includes an emphasis on extended understandings of Latinx youth development.

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Building Relationships in Latinx Communities

(2021)

This practitioner brief offers key recommendations that emerged from a 2-year qualitative study that draws on observations of thirteen organizations in California serving Latinx youth and the perspectives of seventeen youth development professionals and fifty-three Latinx and diverse youth. Outreach efforts with the Latinx community are an opportunity for mutual learning and for organizations to learn of the community’s assets, needs, and resources. This practitioner brief outlines strategies for successful relationship building.

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Overview of Guiding Principles for Engaging Latinx Youth

(2021)

This practitioner brief offers an overview of the findings and recommendations that emerged from a 2-year qualitative study that draws on observations of thirteen organizations in California serving Latinx youth and the perspectives of seventeen youth development professionals and fifty-three Latinx and diverse youth.

This brief offers some key guiding principles related to each of the four dimensions of youth development organizations: conceptual framework, organizational infrastructure, program elements, and program and community relationship.

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Promoting Positive Youth Development

(2021)

Positive youth development may be promoted in online learning environments with adaptations to ensure core practices are integrated. When implemented well, positive youth development will occur in online environments and achieve similar outcomes to positive youth development in physical environments. This fact sheet outlines key factors for consideration in planning online learning experiences.

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Integrating Experiential Education into the Digital Realm

(2021)

Experiential education may be implemented in online learning environments with adaptations to ensure core instructional principles are integrated. This fact sheet outlines key practices for successful integration, desired outcomes, and examples of 4-H online learning programs.

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Organizational Infrastructure Supporting Latinx Youth Engagement

(2021)

This practitioner brief offers key organizational infrastructure recommendations that emerged from a 2-year qualitative study that draws on observations of thirteen organizations in California serving Latinx youth and the perspectives of seventeen youth development professionals and fifty-three Latinx and diverse youth. 

Organizational and program leaders understand both the challenges and strengths of their Latinx youth and families, and make a point of collaboratively working with them to make a positive difference.

Organizational infrastructure matters to sustaining Latinx youth participation over time. To yield results, successful organizational leaders develop and implement flexible policies and practices to facilitate a nimble staff response to Latinx family needs and interests.

Cover page of Living On My Own:Should I Be Living on My Own? Leader Guide

Living On My Own:Should I Be Living on My Own? Leader Guide

(2020)

The Can I Afford to Live on My Own? unit is part of the Living on My Own module from the extensive Money Talks series. Included in this leader’s guide are learning objectives, background information, activities with accompanying handouts and visuals, a glossary, and a list of additional resources. The Background Information is meant to prepare instructors to both teach the unit and provide discussion materials for use with the participants. It also corresponds with the four activities included in the leader’s guide and the participant guide.

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Living On My Own:Should I Be Living on My Own? Leader Guide

(2020)

The Can I Afford to Live on My Own? unit is part of the Living on My Own module from the extensive Money Talks series. Included in the workbook are exercises and quizzes to help young people understand the emotions and realities of living on their own. Lessons include: Needs and Wants, How Much Will My Own Place Cost?, Rental Application Costs, Move-in Costs, Monthly Costs, Making Your Budget