Now Hiring a Positive Youth Development Educator

Join our UW-Madison Division of Extension team in Kenosha County as the Positive Youth Development Educator!! This dynamic position focuses on Community Youth Development including: Positive youth development issued based programming focused on reaching underserved and underrepresented audiences Providing leadership and support for Youth In Governance, and other youth/adult partnership programming creating space for youth voice and action Building community capacity […]

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Kenosha County Youth as Resources taking grant applications

Article originally published in the Kenosha News. Groups of Kenosha County youth who are in grades K-12 who want to make a difference in their community are encouraged to apply for grants from Kenosha County Youth As Resources. Youth As Resources is grant-giving organization that funds youth-designed and youth-led community service projects that benefit individuals […]

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New 4-H Volunteer Orientation

Kenosha County 4-H is seeking more amazing volunteers! There are a variety of ways to serve as a 4-H volunteer. This could include as a Project Leader, Club Leader, Camp Chaperone, or episodically…here and there, when you can fit it into your schedule! One of the first steps to becoming a registered 4-H volunteer is […]

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Summer Virtual Learning Community

Summer is here and the Institute of Positive Youth Development is excited to announce the offering of a “Summer Virtual Learning Community” for youth and families throughout Wisconsin! This means that youth and adults, in kindergarten and older, can choose from one or more virtual activities being offered from July 1-August 31. These high-quality virtual […]

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Sports: More than just playing the game

Article written by Vickie LeFlore, Positive Youth Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Engaging in sports can have a positive influence on youth development. Research has consistently shown when students are more engaged, the more likely they are to stay in school and have a positive outlook. One way in which students gain […]

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The power of youth voice

Article written by Vickie LeFlore, Positive Youth Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Youth-adult partnerships are joint efforts that allow youth and adults to work toward common interests and goals. These ventures are mutually beneficial and impactful when they bloom from trust and authenticity. It is imperative that adults see young people as […]

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Tips for financing a college education

Article written by Vickie LeFlore, Positive Youth Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. The cost of attending college is becoming increasingly expensive. And the financial responsibility that comes with furthering one’s education is sometimes a major determining factor of a student choosing to attend or not attend. However, there are steps to making […]

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The importance of early exposure to college for first-generation and low-income students

Article written by Vickie LeFlore, Positive Youth Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. First-generation and low-income students often face many obstacles. Jenna Kroboth wrote in a 2016 report, the barriers first-generation and low-income students face “make it difficult for them to move on to a post-secondary education.” “Since higher education is no longer […]

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The importance of intergenerational bonding

Article written by Vickie LeFlore, Positive Youth Development Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. According to a June 2016 Stanford Report, “When older adults contribute to the well-being of youth, it cultivates a sense of purpose and extends benefits both ways.” In a world where everyone seems to be very busy, oftentimes the aging […]

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