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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Apprenticeships As A Post-High School Option

Article written by Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator. Originally published in the Kenosha News. Some recent grads may not want to attend a four-year college. For those desiring to have more direct hands-on learning, exploring apprenticeship opportunities may be more advantageous. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, an “apprenticeship is a proven approach […]

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A focus on literacy

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator Weekends for many families may consist of spending time at the local laundromat. The average family can spend about two hours per week at the laundromat. Oftentimes for young children, boredom can set in pretty fast from the time it takes to wash […]

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Empowering youth through leadership development

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator This week I had the great pleasure of graduating from Leadership Kenosha (Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce and UW-Parkside Partnership). Leadership Kenosha is a nine-month professional leadership program. The main aspects of the program focus on development in the areas of personal and […]

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Youth as Resources Fundraiser

Join Kenosha County UW-Extension and United Way of Kenosha County for a fundraiser to support Youth as Resources (YAR)! Come into the Kenosha Chipotle Mexican Grill (9370 B 76th Street, Pleasant Prairie) on Tuesday, May 28th between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Show the flyer below or tell the cashier you’re supporting the Youth as Resources cause to make sure […]

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Using the power of ‘spark’ to help youth thrive

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator I was recently watching a Ted Talk regarding this notion of “spark” in youth. Thriving human development is about finding young people’s spark. Spark is what brings about joy. It “is a metaphor for describing how young people experience talents, interests or strengths […]

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Youth as Resources Board Recruitment

The Kenosha County Youth As Resources Program is currently recruiting youth board members for the 2019-20 year. Youth As Resources (YAR) is a grant-giving organization that helps youth groups in Kenosha County to plan and implement meaningful community service and service-learning projects. By involving youth in their communities, YAR not only empowers young people to […]

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The power of self-esteem

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator Webster’s Dictionary definition of self-esteem is having confidence or satisfaction with oneself. Having a positive outlook of oneself is critical to one’s growth and development. Raising youth who feel confident about themselves will have a lasting lifelong impact. Developing a positive self-concept as […]

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Early College and Career Exposure

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator Many schools and communities are transforming to provide early college and career exploration to a younger generation of students. Engaging students in activities that connect them to a variety of careers is happening as early as elementary and middle school. This idea aspires […]

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The Middle Years of High School: Sophomore and Junior Year

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator You’re not a new freshman and this is not your senior year of high school, preparing to move on with your life … you are in the middle of your high school career. Sophomore and junior year are extremely important years, just […]

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