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Youth Development

Following are summaries of activities and programs that focus on youth development.

CLC Video—Staunton, Virginia
In addition to learning about videography, students in the program are held to higher dress and conduct standards than the rest of their school. They are taught telephone and interview etiquette and learn how to conduct themselves in a public forum.

Computers4Kids—Charlottesville, Virginia
A major focus of the Computers4Kids program is mentoring in order to provide at-risk youth with positive role models. Students need positive adult support in order to maintain the skills they learn at the program. The program works with local schools, universities, and other organizations in order to provide ongoing education opportunities for the students. The program also provides mandatory Internet safety training for the parents of students who receive the program's free Internet access. In these ways, Computers4Kids is working toward providing well-rounded support for the students' future success.

Mosaic Youth Ensemble—Detroit, Michigan
Mosaic Youth Ensemble members have many opportunities for career and college counseling. They visit colleges and travel both nationally and internationally. The Tech Program emphasizes an awareness of various employment opportunities.

Philadelphia Academy of Performing Arts—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Students at the Philadelphia Academy of Performing Arts coordinate their performing arts projects from the beginning stages. They are the leaders in the production. Project leaders are assigned over each area, which allows everyone to experience ownership and organizational buy-in. In addition, students are exposed to a wide variety of resources in order to complete the production, including library visits, movies, professional artist presentations, and art museum visits.

Sonoma SERVES—Santa Rosa, California
The Sonoma SERVES afterschool program integrates a variety of support factors. The presence of caring adults who are positive role models and mentors provides opportunities for youth to be challenged by their personal circumstances to set goals and make choices that can change the direction of their lives. Sonoma SERVES uses a process called Tribes, which provides children the means to manage their own behavior, address conflict, and build connections with each other and the school community. Sonoma SERVES is concerned with the development of youth who can make their own effective choices long after they leave the program.

Techbridge—Oakland, California
Evaluation results from the Techbridge program demonstrate that the girls' technical skills, confidence, and interest in pursuing science, technology, and engineering increase. Teachers and parents also report that the participants demonstrate leadership in other venues.

Writer's Guild—Gadsden, Alabama
Writer's Guild integrates numerous supportive factors. It encourages parents to read to their children and celebrate their writings. The books that are selected teach character development and abuse awareness They also encourage positive self-concepts. Students write about their own personal experiences and discuss their writings with others in the program and with parents.

Youth Councils—New York, New York
The Youth Councils provide ample activities for youth to work in several of the developmental domains—cognitive, social, emotional, and moral. Youth are stimulated intellectually and collaboratively. They learn to work together, experience pride in their own sense of efficacy, and are able to tap into their moral development through community service and advocacy projects.

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