Young people who choose to participate in protest marches or other events for social change can benefit from their activism even more if they have the support of caring adults. According to the Search Institute, there are six actions adults can take to support young people as they take a stand on social issues.
If you’re a teacher or a principal, you may be wondering how to best respond to student walkouts, free speech, and civic activism, both personally and professionally. The Harvard Graduate School of Education offers some guidance.
A recent study of teenage brain activity during interactions with social media suggests that adolescents may be influenced by peer pressure from large networks of online peers. Parents take note: Communicating with adolescents about the potential impact of social media interactions on behaviour may be just the support they need.
All young people need to develop a set of core skills to ensure future success in school, employment, and social and professional relationships. Planning, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility are acquired through practice. This guide explains the development of key life skills, their significance, and how youth practitioners can help.
Instead of detention, students in this elementary school attend “reflection.” “Cool-down rooms,” mindfulness, and yoga help students feel safe. “Allowing students to take a break for a few minutes before talking to them about whatever triggered them to get upset ‘has made all the difference in the world.’
Young people need to find their own voice and develop a sense of responsibility. To be effective in offering support and guidance, parents need to learn how to share power. This webinar offers key ideas, strategies, and tools for power-sharing in families.
Youth Development Today is a monthly newsletter focused on youth well-being and student success. Each issue features 5 to 10 current resources on youth development, and offers a healthy mix of academic research, practice-based insights, and grey literature.