When Myles Davis found out about Milwaukee’s Summer Youth Internship Program — a component of the Mayor’s Earn & Learn Program that enables students to work for one of 13 city departments — he jumped at the opportunity. “I was about to graduate from high school and I didn’t want to be broke during the summertime,” […]
After-school programs are helping reduce gang activity, crime and child obesity, five mayors of U.S. cities said Tuesday at the National After-School Summit, a one-day conference in Los Angeles.
Wherever kids go today, social media goes, too. In fact, in a recent study by Common Sense Media, 41 percent of teens called themselves “addicted” to their mobile devices.
Whether kids actually bring cellphones or other devices to an activity, they will be texting or communicating about it online. And, likely, the adults involved in the program also text and use social media, too, since 74 percent of all adults who use the Internet go to social networking sites, according to the Pew Research Center.
Given the propensity to use technologies at — and relating to — youth programs, what guidelines should organizations have? What issues should program leaders consider for maximizing its potential and minimizing harm?