All posts in category Youth Development

What is the Mosaic Economy?

A couple of years ago I wrote “The Mosaic Economy,” exploring the question “where are the jobs in today’s economy?” I like to describe the economy as a “mosaic economy.”  The economy is clearly not made up of just one source of jobs, but many different sectors that come together.  Rather than an economy in […]

Why a Youth Development Focus?

A positive youth development approach focuses on building community assets that support youth in their healthy development. This month, I am celebrating the 20th anniversary of my business, The Skills Library, with a series of posts about my work. This work continues to be exciting, with one project always leading to another.   I have active […]

Youth Development and Summer Jobs

A reflection on the concept of “youth development” in the context of youth summer jobs ….. The concept of Youth Development is used to design youth programs through a positive lens, viewing youth as positive assets to the community and understanding the positive experiences that contribute to personal development.   Youth development theory emphasizes the idea of […]

Creativity + School-to-Career Experiences

At the May 19th Massachusetts School-to-Career Connecting Activities conference, school partners in the Massachusetts Creativity & Innovation grant program displayed the projects that they have developed.  Displays included projects about robotics, design & innovation, math, physics, biology and the arts.   Participating schools have designed curriculum that engages students in “design thinking” and in the opportunity to experiment, tinker […]

First Career Steps Survey: Career Development Opportunities

What are schools in your community doing to help students explore career options and plan for the future?  How could your community do more? The First Career Steps Survey asks students about the career exploration and planning activities they have done, as well as asking an open-ended question about what their school does that is […]

Choosing Postsecondary Paths – Work, Military, Apprenticeship & More

Through the online First Career Steps Survey, The Skills Library has been gathering insights into high school students’ career planning. The survey, now with over 3,200 results, is available from the Skills Library home page or directly from this link. With a trend toward more and more students entering college after high school, it is […]

First Career Steps Survey: Student Career Interests

Report analysis by Jennifer Leonard and Tacara Guice.  Tacara Guice, database intern for The Skills Library, categorized the open-ended responses and prepared the graphics for this report.   Read more about The Skills Library on the “About” page. The First Career Steps Survey asks students to list up to four career areas that they might be […]

First Career Steps Survey Results: Building Confidence About the Future

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In 2012, the Skills Library launched a survey called “First Career Steps Survey.”   Since the survey launch, over 2,500 students have taken the survey.   The original survey was shared with Massachusetts students through a network of career programs.  Since then, the survey remained online and has been “discovered” by many different schools, programs and […]

Benefits of Youth Jobs and Internships

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Does your community have a School-to-Career/Connecting Activities program that helps students find jobs and internships?  Have you been asked to consider offering a job or internship to local youth?  Are you wondering if hiring youth might be a good step for your business or organization?  A job or internship is a great experience for youth, helping them to develop […]

Civic Awareness and Civic Literacy

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This article continues the series of articles on 21st century skills, including Environmental Literacy, Media Literacy, Health Literacy and Economic Literacy and other “21st Century Literacies.” Civic awareness refers to the foundation that makes people active participants in the fabric of their community and beyond. What makes a person decide to participate in elections, participate […]