Archive for December, 2006

Putting Youth Work on the Map

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

 

Putting Youth Work on the Map

 Building a strong, stable and supported youth workforce that is committed to the empowerment and well-being of youth is the goal of the recently formed Next Generation Youth Work Coalition, co-chaired by Pam Garza from the National Collaboration for Youth, Karen Pittman from the Forum for Youth Investment and Deborah Craig from YouthNet of Greater Kansas City. The Coalition will provide a forum for individuals and organizations at the national, state and local levels who influence or are influenced by workforce issues to work together to address the needs of front-line workers in the after-school and youth development fields.

Over the past year, two comprehensive studies of youth workers were coordinated by the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition. Together, these two studies, conducted by the Forum for Youth Investment and the National Afterschool Association, capture the voices and perspectives of over 5,000 youth workers from across the country. Together they offer the clearest, most comprehensive picture yet of the youth work profession: who youth workers are, where they work, how they are supported on the job and what their aspirations are, for themselves and the field. This research brief discusses key findings and implications from these studies, and includes recommendations generated by key Coalition stake holders in response to the data.

To read the studies go to:  click here
 

FREE GoGirlGo! Education Kits for Coaches, Teachers and Youth Program Staff

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

 

FREE GoGirlGo! Education Kits for Coaches, Teachers and Youth Program Staff
Recognized with a 2004 Gold Award from the National Health Information Awards, GoGirlGo! offers free education curriculum and club memberships for girls!

We already know the wonderful effects physical activity can have on girls. It can enhance their lives physically, emotionally and socially. The GoGirlGo! Project combines physical activity with an educational intervention that focuses on reducing and preventing health-risk behaviors. In 2004, the GoGirlGo! curriculum received a Gold Award from the National Health Information Awards.

With your guidance, the girls can learn how to cope with circumstances and change behaviors that threaten their well-being and embrace a physically active lifestyle.

There are two versions of the GoGirlGo! Project curriculum — one for girls ages 8-12 (3rd to 8th graders) and one for girls ages 13-18 (high schoolers). The material for the younger girls is focused on helping them understand various pressures they are faced with and make healthy choices for their body and mind. The high school material is focused on helping girls become leaders as they deal with the more mature challenges of being a teenager. Accordingly, there are two versions of the Official Coaches and Group Leaders Guide (see below). These guides have been created to help walk administrators of this program through the process.

All of the materials are FREE. Order online here click here to order  call the Women’s Sports Foundation at (800) 227-3988 to place an order or ask questions.

Many materials are available in Spanish.