Youth Development

Remembering the “Prevention” in National Bullying Prevention Month

Contributed by Katherine Raczynski If you follow the news, you are likely very aware of the challenge of addressing childhood bullying. We know that it happens and can have devastating consequences, but sensational media coverage can leave us feeling disheartened and...

Be A Poser: Strike Your Power Pose

Contributed by the Walton County Youth Advocacy Board As members of a Youth Advocacy Board, we find ourselves doing a good bit of public speaking. Sometimes it’s in front of peers at school, other times county commissioners or state legislators. In any case, it can be...

Give Your Program a Praise Makeover

Contributed by Jennifer Bateman, Ph.D., Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National Vice President, Health, Wellness & Gender Praise is a powerful motivator for youth and one of the most efficient tools staff can use to shape desired behavior in out-of-school...

20 Ways to Say “I Love You” Without Doing It

From Valentine’s Day to anniversaries, the media and retailers are constantly abuzz with ways to show loved ones how much you care. This can understandably bring about a lot of pressure to engage in risky, sexual behaviors, but there’s good news! It’s okay to say “no”...