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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Social Media and Online Engagement (A Life of #Hashtags)

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator Today, we are engulfed with a variety of social media platforms and online activities. There are #hashtags for almost anything one can think of. Social media and online engagement among youth has grown tremendously with the advancement of cellphone technology. According to the […]

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Youth in Governance Program Seeks New Members

For immediate release: December 26, 2017 Contact: Jen Reese, (262)767-2915 YOUTH IN GOVERNANCE PROGRAM SEEKS NEW MEMBERS  (Kenosha, WI) – Kenosha County Youth In Governance, a youth empowerment program that offers area teens the chance to directly participate in local government, is seeking nominations for motivated young people for the 2018-2019 program year. The requirements […]

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Use of digital media can support parenting skills with ‘little ones’

Article by Jen Reese, Interim Youth Educator, Kenosha  and Racine counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. Digital media is often considered a barrier to positive parenting. However, parents can use technology and digital media as one tool in building a positive relationship with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers, when used with you and in an […]

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Use of digital media can support parenting skills with adolescents

Article by Jen Reese,Youth Educator, Kenosha  and Racine counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. It may be a little more natural to think that the use of digital media would not contribute to positive parenting, but in fact, it certainly can! Successful parenting of adolescents involves the following responsibilities: Advocate and Connect: Advocate for and provide […]

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