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Youth Development and What We are Asked to Do Today

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Youth development and what we are asked to do today -presented by Valley Youth Centers and Russ Salgy

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Youth Development and What We are Asked to Do Today

  1. 1. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT and what we are asked to do TODAY Presented by
  2. 2. Our mission is to provide opportunities that encourage kids to grow and build self-confidence. ! • We seek to promote a positive, safe, stable, and trusting environment where kids can grow ! • We support kids through encouragement and structured program opportunities. ! • We strive to be role models of trust, reliability, perseverance, and community. Mission:
  3. 3. Vision: The place where kids become community through play. ! ! ! ! ! 1. Learn the skills to build positive relationships. 2. Learn the skills to control behavior. 3. Learn the knowledge of why education is important.
  4. 4. Welcoming. All kids are welcomed and accepted into a non- judgmental and safe environment ! Fun. We will create a safe and fun environment where kids can grow and shine. ! Socially Responsible. We provide a positive environment that strives to teach lessons of social responsibility. ! Consistent. We are adult role models kids rely on. ! Responsive. We will listen to what the kids want for programming and activities. ! Local. We are a local grassroots program that teaches the importance of giving back. Values:
  5. 5. Demographics 0 65 130 195 260 Wt/COC Low/Ave Elem/Teen Male/Female Who we serve: Ethnicity Income Age Gender
  6. 6. Recent History: Locations youth could go to for out of school time opportunities in the current Denfeld School Zone NumberofPlaces 0 8 15 23 30 1970 1980 1990 2012 How many places did youth have as opportunities to go to during our recent past?
  7. 7. Recent History: During the same timeframe, how have our test scores fared? Test Scores 0 20 40 60 80 1970's 2080's 1990's 2010'sTest Scores
  8. 8. Current Crisis: Police Calls 0 2250 4500 6750 9000 Total Calls West East During Sept. to May 2013/2014, how many calls to police happened on the Western part of town versus the Eastern part of town?
  9. 9. Current Crisis: Youth Challenges 0 250 500 750 1000 Alcohol Drugs Weapons Juvenile West East Are you aware of the differences in challenges west to east youth face?
  10. 10. Our Expectations: Wake up- Eat breakfast- Get dressed- Get to school (on time)- Behave at school- Achieve in school- Graduate on time- Go to college- Gain employment- What are the expectations we have for our kids during the school year?
  11. 11. Their Expectations: Wake up- I haven’t went to sleep yet. Why the day will suck anyway. Great, now I can get out of this hell whole. Eat breakfast- Nothing to eat here, wont make it to breakfast at school in time, Go hungry until lunch time. Looks like bread with nothing on it or cereal with no milk. At least its something and/or I’ll wait until lunch If I eat anything I’ll get in an fight or argument not worth it. Get dressed- Same clothes as the past 3 days. No name brands, stained, ugly, everyone makes fun of me. Only have a few changes of clothes I like to wear and they are all in the laundry. Laundromat day is only once/twice a month. What the expectations they have for themselves?
  12. 12. Their Expectations: Get to school (on time)- I hate school. I am no good at anything. I get picked on/ I’ll end up in a fight. I didn’t study or do my homework which means I’ll fail anyway, might as well skip. I’ll visit the Nurses office and go to the parts of classes I like. Behave at school- Why don’t I have it as easy as her/him. My life sucks. I hate Math/Reading/Spelling, if I act up or out I will get sent to the Principal’s office. What the expectations they have for themselves?
  13. 13. Their Expectations: Achieve in school- I hate school. I am no good at anything. I don’t get it and nobody at home is there to help me. I made it another night last night. I wonder where I’ll be staying tonight. ! Graduate, College, Employment- What the expectations they have for themselves?
  14. 14. What we do: ! ! Show kids caring ! The L-word ! How to smile ! How to have fun. ! We use positive relationships with play to achieve these goal(s)
  15. 15. Benefits to Learning Through Play ! When students have fun learning, they continue to pursue it’s extended learning for its own sake. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! There is a general consensus that education is in trouble. Time spent in outdoor recess, art, music, and curriculum that nurtures school engagement at the fun level are declining for more time in “skills and drills” learning leaving students and teachers unsatisfied. ! At any age, play acts to retain and enhance meaningful context and optimizes the learning process.
  16. 16. Why we do it:! Kids thinking from and using the Happy Center of their brains have actions that come from the same Happy Center. The quickest way to the Happy Center of the brain is through PLAYING.
  17. 17. Types of Play: Motor/Physical Play: Gross and fine muscle strength and overall integration of muscles, nerves, and brain functions. tumbling, wrestling, jumping, running, throwing, swimming ! Social Play: Participation of positive situations where a variety of opportunities for children to engage in social behavior. swings, catch, slides, snowboarding, skateboarding, fishing ! Constructive Play: is when children manipulate their environment to create things. sand castles, blocks, Legos, baking, forts, sowing, drawing ! Fantasy Play: Using your imagination in a risk free environment. Slaying the backyard dragon, army, house, superheros
  18. 18. Not convinced? ! Nature does it (but hey, evolution is over rated anyway) • One 15-year study on grizzly bears in Alaska confirmed that the bears that played the most were the ones that had the highest rates of survival.
  19. 19. Key Decisions: Simplify! Narrow it down to does it help kids or hurt kids and is it fun? ! ! ! YES NO Kids will benefit Make their life harder Kids will have fun Kids think its boring
  20. 20. Play Matrix: Behaviorally Academically Employment ! Physical Accepted Readiness to Learn Healthy Employee Overcome Fears Writing/typing Trades ! Social Sharing In-class Attention Doctors Moral Reasoning School Engagement Services Industry ! Construction Hands on Problem solving Engineers Experimental Comprehension Sciences ! Fantasy Dream Ideas, risk, concepts Inventors Creative Abstract conclusions Entrepreneurs
  21. 21. Daily Activities: Monday’s Thursday’s 3:00-5:00 Homework Room 2:30-4:00 Lego Robotics 3:00-4:30 Lego Robotics 3:00-5:00 Homework Room 4:30-5:30 Elementary Gym Time 4:30-5:30 Outdoor Games 6:00-8:00 Open Gym Tuesday’s Friday’s 2:30-4:00 Lego Robotics 3:00-5:00 Homework Room 3:00-5:00 Movie Day 4:00:430 Table Tennis Club 3:00-4:00 Table Tennis Club 4:30-5:30 Outdoor Games 4:30-5:30 Elem. Gym Wednesday’s TEEN NIGHT 2:30-3:30 Art Club 6:00-9:00 Open Gym 3:00-5:00 Homework Room 3:00-4:00 Table Tennis Club 4:30-5:30 Elementary Gym Time 6:00-8:00 Open Gym (Table Tennis)
  22. 22. What can you do? ! Make Play a Priority in your life and for those around you. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Support efforts that contribute to increasing playing in our community like ours (or us).
  23. 23. Here’s How ! Financial Support ! Spreading the word about us and our cause. ! Magazine Recycling ! Silent Auction items ! Capital Campaigns
  24. 24. Thank you! The Welch Center Inc. dba Valley Youth Centers 720 N. Central Ave. Duluth, MN 55807 (218) 464-5071 x 100 www.valleyyouthcenters.org Facebook- Valley Youth Center

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