Youth Development Resources

An inspiring video on why adults need to learn from young people: http://www.ted.com/talks/adora_svitak.html

GENERAL

http://children.massbudget.org/
This Children’s Budget shows how our state budget affects the lives of children. It describes every major program that serves children, including how the programs work, their goals, and their funding history.

http://www.4-h.org/
A vast community of more than 6 million youth and adults working together for positive change, 4-H prepares young people to step up to the challenges in their community and the world. Using research-based programming around positive youth development, 4-H youth get the hands-on real world experience they need to become leaders.

http://www.bostonavigator.org/

The Boston Navigator has over 1,500 programs that run after school, before school, on weekends, and during the summer.  Find sports, academic support, youth organizing, and many other programs here!

http://www.bostonpic.org/
The Private Industry Council (PIC) connects the youth and adults of Boston to education and employment opportunities. The PIC identifies labor and skill shortages, then crafts innovative initiatives that respond to the needs of employers and local residents.

http://www.iyfnet.org/
For over twenty years, International Youth Foundation (IYF) has sought to tell a new story about the role of young people in our world. Rather than view youth as ‘problems to be solved,’ we recognize and support their role as creative problem solvers. We engage young people as partners in development, equipping them with the know-how and tools to contribute to their communities.

http://www.massafterschool.org/

MAP is dedicated to expanding quality afterschool and out-of-school time (ASOST) programs and other expanded learning opportunities (ELO) statewide for children, youth, families and communities.

http://www.naaweb.org/

NSACA is a network of after-school professionals offering public policy recommendations and updates, publications and products, and the latest news and events in after-school care.

http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/
National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth is an online resource of the Family and Youth Services Bureau.

http://www.niost.org/
The National Institute for Out-of-School Time at Wellesley College provides information on school-age child care, including publications, links, and training.

http://www.project-nia.org/

Project NIA works to dramatically decrease the number of children and youth in Chicago who are arrested, detained, and incarcerated. Through community engagement, education, participatory action research, and capacity-building, Project NIA facilitates the creation of community-focused responses to violence and crime.

http://www.theinnovationcenter.org/
The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development unleashes the potential of youth, adults, organizations, and communities to engage together in creating a just and equitable society.

http://www.youthworkersalliance.com/home/
Founded by youth workers in the South End/Lower Roxbury as a way to collaborate and combat challenges facing youth, the Youth Workers’ Alliance is an innovative grassroots organization for youth workers, with potential to create a sustainable model for the future of youth work in Boston

TEAMBUILDER GAMES/ICEBREAKERS

http://www.group-games.com/
This site is run by two self-proclaimed game-lovers, Joe and John. We thought it would be neat to have a well organized, indexed collection of great games as a useful reference for game-lovers or for teachers, managers, camp counselors, emcees for group meetings, church workers, and so on. As game lovers, this is our way of learning new games and sharing them with others.

http://www.icebreakers.ws/
This site features instructions to several playtested, high quality free icebreakers, fun games, and team building activities – perfect for group facilitation, the first day of class (teaching), training, and icebreakers for meetings of all kinds.

http://www.youthgroupgames.co.uk/
YouthGroupGames was formed to offer a unique reference point in the UK on comprehensive advice on games and activities for youth groups.

http://www.teampedia.net/
Teampedia is a collaborative encyclopedia of free team building activities, free icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams that anyone can edit!
This site is designed for a wide audience including: team leaders, trainers, teachers, managers, camp directors, counselors, and youth groups

http://store.alansfactoryoutlet.com/Team-Building-Activities-s/1842.htm
An explanation of the value of team building and a list of resources.