Youth Development

What the…? Understanding and Predicting Human Behavior

Take the mystery out of children and teens' most perplexing behaviors by exploring the links between nature, nurture, objective events, and subjective interpretations. Once professional educators see how nearly all behavior is driven by predictable emotions, their ability to confidently coach positive, alternative behaviors will increase tenfold.
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Kids Today: Essentials of Child and Adolescent Development

Understanding the maturational milestones for boys and girls of different ages, in different cultures is essential for any youth leader. This workshop examines the social, emotional, cognitive, moral, and spiritual development of children between ages 4 and 16. A must for younger, less experienced staff about to shoulder the awesome responsibility of caring for other people's children.
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Motivation: Why We Do What We Do

For anyone who has wondered how to get more horsepower out of their campers or colleagues, this is the workshop to ground and inspire radical new approaches. Forget carrots on sticks and start thinking about instilling intrinsic motivation by igniting the human needs for connection, autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Theory and research buttress the practical strategies in this transformative workshop.
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Equity and Diversity: The Fabric of Inclusive Education

Celebrating the differences among people introduces a whole new level of enjoyment and insight to the experience of school. It may be human to fear differences at first, but a skillful educator can guide the group toward a deep appreciation and sharing of differences. This pioneering workshop cleverly reveals educators' own perspectives on diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural agility.
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Equity and Diversity: The Fabric of Summer Youth Programs

Celebrating the differences among people introduces a whole new level of enjoyment to the experience of day or overnight camp. It may be human to fear differences at first, but a skillful leader can guide the group toward a deep appreciation and sharing of differences. This pioneering workshop cleverly reveals professional educators' own perspectives on diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural agility.
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Escaping Gender Role Stereotypes: Camp is Practice for Life

Boys in many cultures are socialized to be emotionally cold and macho; girls to be deferent and sexualizied. This challenging workshop will sensitize youth leaders to recognize and undo these harmful patterns of cultural cornering. An enlightened camp experience can help all young people form authentic relationships and express their true voices.
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Escaping Gender Role Stereotypes: School is Practice for Life

Boys in many cultures are socialized to be emotionally cold and macho; girls to be deferent and sexualizied. This challenging workshop will sensitize professional educators to recognize and undo these harmful patterns of cultural cornering. An enlightened school experience can help all students form authentic relationships and express their true voices.
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Becoming a Youth Development Professional: Making the Transition from ME to KIDS

Day and overnight camps are powerful, positive developmental experiences for children. Their growth hinges on the quality of their relationship with energetic youth leaders, so it is essential that they see themselves as professionals. This honest workshop pushes all staff to make the transition from focusing on themselves to focusing on the needs of the young people they serve.
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Cracking Kids’ Secret Code: Hear the Subtext and Read Campers’ Minds

All people speak two languages: What-they-say and What-they-mean. But even if you could hear both, why bother? Because learning to hear the underlying message in what a young person says is the fastest way to cultivate the kind of respectful relationship that increases compliance and decreases behavior problems. Entertaining video clips will give leaders practice using this advanced technique.
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Cracking Kids’ Secret Code: Hear the Subtext and Read Student’ Minds

All people speak two languages: What-they-say and What-they-mean. But even if you could hear both, why bother? Because learning to hear the underlying message in what a young person says is the fastest way to cultivate the kind of respectful relationship that increases compliance and decreases behavior problems. Entertaining video clips will give educators practice using this advanced technique.
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