All posts tagged summer

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 […]

Seven Skills for Parks and Landscaping

What are the skills learned in jobs and internships in parks and landscaping?  How can summer jobs in park maintenance and landscaping be designed to help youth build skills and explore career options?  What types of projects and tasks enhance learning?  Here is an example of seven skills, with associated tasks, taken from a sample of […]

Seven Skills for Research Internships

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Many internship experiences focus on specia reserach projects.  The ideal project is one that is valuable to your organization; provides the intern with insight into your organization and field of work; will require a significant number of hours of work; and involves skills and tasks that you can teach to a short-term intern. Many summer […]

Reflection and Journaling

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Last spring, we added a new “Reflection Screen” to the Work-Based Learning Database.   The screen provides a choice of reflection questions, based on the Work-Based Learning Plan skills, and provides space for participants to  write brief responses.  This provides “online journaling” for summer jobs programs, internship programs and other youth employment experiences. While developing the reflection screen, […]

Youth Development and Summer Jobs

Youth Development is an approach to understanding youth programs through a positive lens, viewing youth as positive assets to the community and understanding the positive experiences that are part of personal growth and development. Youth development theory emphasizes a focus on assets rather than deficits, viewing summer jobs not as “keeping kids off the streets” or “crime […]

Summer Jobs in Parks, Landscaping and Gardening

As summer approaches, summer jobs program coordinators are brainstorming about the job descriptions for their programs’ summer job placements and skills and tasks that they will highlight.  Today’s blog is about jobs in parks, gardening and landscaping.  The question is “What do I/we want youth to learn from a summer job in parks, gardening or […]