A colleague of mine talks of the culture differences that sometimes exist between schools and out-of-school time (OST) programs. He suggests that the two entities may not speak the same language or have the same customs or norms around education and development but ultimately have the same goals. Out-of-school time is more often focused on the “soft skills” of social emotional learning versus “hard” academic skills. Differences in approach become more apparent when the two entities work side by side.
The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate and the largest prison population of any country in the world. On any given day, an estimated 2.7 million minor children (under age 18) have an incarcerated parent, according to the Pew Charitable Trust 2010 report “Collateral Costs.”
Tanya Krupat, a program director at the Osborne Association, a nonprofit criminal-justice organization based in New York City, said young people's experiences with law enforcement or the prison system are rarely considered during parental arrest or incarceration.
LOS ANGELES — People who were abused as children while in institutional facilities feel some optimism about new California legislation, they said at their annual convention. “We have a lot going on, a lot to be thankful for,” said Jodi Hobbs, president of Survivors of Institutional Abuse. California state Sen. Ricardo Lara has introduced legislation that would further regulate these facilities, and national legislation is in the works.
It used to be that graduating from high school and matriculating from college was enough to ensure a place in society. But now — as observed by the work on young adulthood by Jeffery Arnnett at Clark University — the next generation needs to be experienced in the cultures of the world to succeed!