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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:18

A Piece of Peace

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My son often wakes up very early this morning, wanting the last part of his sleep to be snuggled up in our bed. I love watching him sleep—the sounds he makes; the way he settles his body; his face as it relaxes back into slumber. In those moments, he is…
Friday, 29 August 2014 13:39

Youth Programming: Filling a Critical Void

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Just recently, I started working for the juvenile justice system in the city government. Juvenile justice is a field of youth work that has always intrigued me with having done much academic research on it. At the same time, I knew that I would be opening myself up to experiences…
For my first post on the BOOST Breakfast Club Blog, I had planned to play it safe. Stick to a topic like youth program quality or youth outcomes measurement that I know well and have already written about, and pose a provocative, though largely, intellectual question or two about it.…
Friday, 15 August 2014 14:31

Why It's Hard Before It's Easy

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I've written about this very thing before, but I'm struck once again at how HARD things are before they become EASY. My son and daughter took a few rounds of swimming lessons this summer. For my son, who only recently turned three, this was his first experience with swimming lessons,…
It was a typical day in my elementary after school program. I was the newly appointed Site Coordinator after 5 years of being a line staff program leader working with 20 youth at the same school. I remember how excited I was to be promoted to the Site Coordinator position.…
Friday, 01 August 2014 18:06

Music and the Arts are NOT Frills

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"Music is a language that kindles the human spirit, sharpens the mind, fuels the body, and fills the heart." – Erik Jensen "The arts are far closer to the core of education than are the more exalted subjects." - Abraham Maslow In this era of standards and accountability, arts are…
For breakfast today I ate my kid's leftovers; half a piece of bacon, a cold egg and a well-chewed English muffin. The interesting part of the morning was less the food than the discussion. If you have ever tried to talk with two little kids at the same time you…
Included in this post is a basic outline for a four-session Dance/Visual Arts and Poetry workshop. The following session series is created around the poem, “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou. I have used the following experiences as a part of a curriculum for teenage girls who identified challenges with positive…
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