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For many, the holidays represent a season for giving and spending time with family and friends. We emphasize selflessness and giving to those in need during the holiday season. Incorporating this same spirit into the classroom through service-learning projects benefits both recipients and students. Student service learning refers to learning that actively involves students in experiences that often benefit others and the community while also supplementing the curriculum through experiential learning and reflection. (Read more…)
Wouldn’t it be great to bottle that “fresh start” feeling that launches each new school year so you could spike the cafeteria’s chocolate milk cartons with it when student engagement begins to lag? Authentically centering student voice and engaging youth in participation projects could be the answer. We know that student perceptions and student input are inextricably linked to providing a safe campus climate. Since linking student voice and engagement is an abstract idea, let’s look at recent research to make it more concrete. (Read more…)
For more than a decade, the federal government has funded a campaign targeted at curbing adolescent drug use - the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. Although research deemed the campaign unsuccessful in the early years, recent studies have noted the impact it has had on national rates of youth drug use. One of the changes to the campaign, which led in part to this recent success, is the focus on involving youth in program and content development. The campaign is now inspired by what youth share about their lives and how they deal with certain situations. (Read more…)
Researchers have begun to study the interaction between youth engagement and positive development. Youth engagement is defined as "meaningful participation and sustained involvement of a young person in an activity, with a focus outside of him or herself" (Crooks, Chiodo, Thomas, and Hughes 2009). For the purposes of this article, a community refers to the geographical boundaries established by municipalities (e.g., city or town), a neighborhood, and/or a school environment encompassed within larger geographical boundaries (e.g., a campus or a district). (Read more…)
Texas Tobacco-Free Kids Day (TTFKD) is an annual awareness day, sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC), to encourage students of all ages to live tobacco-free lifestyles. TTFKD is held in conjunction with Kick Butts Day, a national event sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. On Kick Butts Day, thousands of youth will organize activities to expose and counter the tobacco industry's powerful promotional strategies aimed at youth. This guide will provide activity ideas and other information to assist in conducting some really cool awareness events and activities!