After more than a decade of teaching people around the world how to do it, I’ve decided to share this list of key skills, abilities, knowledge, and dispositions. They’re based off my life as I’ve worked for social justice, and they are what I’ve seen consistently in my mentors, heros, and students. These capacities make the difference between people who talk about changing the world and people who actually change the world.
Category Archives: youth development
Why We Need Holistic Youth Development Right Now
The challenge of all schools, afterschool programs, summer camps, and even businesses is to stop parsing out the parts of young people as if they were Legos, and instead to start treating them as whole people who are more capable, more thoughtful, and more caring than we see, say, and treat them.
Humility With Young People
Humility is the honest desire to look for and do what is right for other people, all of the time. When you spend time with children and youth as a teacher, youth worker, parent, or other supportive adult it can be hard to be humble.