For many teens (and adults, too) the present can be a difficult place to reside. Jennifer Powers and Mark Tucker’s book, “Oh, shift! for Teens: Get control of your life with a little f ’ in shift,” helps teens handle everyday school and social situations that when not handled mindfully and thoughtfully could snowball into something embarrassing and disastrous.
The November 2013 Wallace Foundation report, “Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts,” lists 10 principles seen as best practices for high-quality arts activities.
BySusan Matloff-Nieves, Anne Lawrence, Esteban Ramos and Dana Fusco |
Today, practitioners describe the conditions of working in community youth organizations as stressful, overwhelming and impossible. Such conditions give rise to what we have called the Accordion Effect.
In Boston, fourth-graders in a public school spend summer mornings reading, talking about and researching ecosystems, then head out to Massachusetts marshes and wetlands in the afternoon to get close-up with what they’re learning.