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Asia Society and BOOST Collaborative are partnering to create a series of blogs on global learning in out-of-school time.  This month features Heather Loewecke from Asia Society.     The impact of globalization is clear: the diversification of our neighborhoods and workplaces, technological advancements, transnational issues, and political conflicts are…
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:07

Do Good, Have Fun and Make a Difference!

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In a month or so I'll have the privilege of entering the seventh decade of my life. For someone who has always worked hard, played hard, done good (I hope) and had fun (I know), that's quite an accomplishment – and it came with lot of great support from friends,…
Do you ever experience self-doubt when you're about to do something new? Do you ever get the jitters and feel nervous? Do you ever wonder where your self-confidence has gone when this happens? Guess what...you're normal! You're supposed to feel a little nervous before you do something new because your…
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.…
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