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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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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