Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Construction of Adolescence

1. Adolescence
2. Self-Construction
3. Inter-psychological Development
4. Scaffolding
5. Zone of Proximal Development
6. Educational Comfort Zone
7. Reciprocal Co-authorship
8. Reciprocal Transformation
9. Theoretical Thinking
10. Construction of Adolescence

Ten People who Co Authored me
1. Mother
2. Father
3. Sister
4. Grandfather
5. Grandmother
6. Brother In Law
7. Uncle
8. High School Coach
9. High School Class Adviser
10. Boss

There are definitely more people in my life that have had an impact on me but these ten that are listed are definitely the ones that have impacted me the most. My father is definitely the one that has impacted me the most throughout my life. All of my friends say to me take a good look at your father now because in 30 years that is literally you. My father and I have a ton in common which makes me the man I am today. Without him I feel like I would definitely be a different person. Through him coaching me growing up in sports up until now with him supporting me through school and work he is always there for me and I hope I am just like him when I get older.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Feeling Invisible

I am sure that everyone in some shape or form has felt invisible somewhere in their lives. Whether it was when they joined a new school and don't fit in with everyone else, getting a new job, being a part of a new team or anything that makes someone feel left out. We hear many stories today of bullying and neglect that can lead to suicide as I have linked in my blog below. In this case, Hobson is taking about race and how she has felt "invisible" in her life. A lot of the things that she did consisted of mostly white population and instead of getting asked how a party went, she was asked by her parents how did everyone treat you which is not what should be happening. I feel as if she definitely got her point across to the people that she was speaking in front of because of the fact that the audience was clapping when she brought up good points. One of the stories she mentioned that caught my eye was when she was taking a swimming class. She had to go 25m without taking a breath and failed many times before she got it. Her coach told her that it wasnt really a drill but was for to get used to working with discomfort and learn how to persevere through feeling uncomfortable which is what some people may go through on a daily basis. The fact that is even thought of as an exercise just shows how people can feel daily and it is a sucky feeling. Minorities are almost forced to live their own lives in some ways away from the white population especially in today's society with all of the black lives matter messages and stands. When it comes to youth I feel that kids feel most invisible when they are in school and they feel left out. If someone gets bullied or left out on a team for recess that may devastate a child and force them not to want to participate in classroom activities with the other children. It isnt a way we want our youth to live, every child should have the best experience that they can when in school and not have to worry about going in everyday and feeling distraught.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

In A World Where Youth Hold The Power

The main ideas of this article is that the youth needs to have a big impact on the community they live in. A lot of people especially people who are elderly or close to it do not really care what the community is like in 40 years. The people who need to care is the youth because they will then have families living in the conditions of the future. Hearing different people's opinions that you may not come up with yourself is key as well. People can strive off of what others say and may be able to blend in one one solid change or improve the future of the community. I liked how it showed peoples real experiences when it came to the youth making big changes in their communities. These things ranged from youth having a lot more power than what they have credit for especially when it comes to schools and neighborhoods. One person stated that the youth needs to express themselves whether it is bad or good that is going to be said. High school is a time where people tend to be self conscious about themselves expressing their feelings can change them around with the right help and get them through their troubles.

For me in my work place I feel as if it is very important to get feedback from youth as to what they are interested in or would have changed in order for a certain program or clinic to be more enjoyable and fun. I take a lot of notes on what the youth say when I ask "How could this be better?" or "What would make this more fun?" When these questions get answered I put the input in the back of my mind and use it towards the next program with the same age range of kids or teens. This way you can build off of anything that you do especially for what I do. Those are key questions to ask to make major improvements or changes on a particular area.  

Thursday, September 8, 2016

7 Characteristics of Youth Work

1. Knowledge of the principles and practices of child and youth development and ability to use this knowledge to achieve the goals of the program.
- This is taking everything that was absorbed during the time in school and using it out on the field. Whether it be in a class room, social work office, or out on an athletic facility everything learned can be used. The instructor must be aware of all of the various principles and practices and be able to apply. In my work and coaching I use a lot of these tactics that I have learned so far such as positive reinforcement for a child who may get down very easy. They need to see that you saw them do something good even if it is something small.

2.  Ability to comply with applicable safety and emergency requirements.
- This is saying that the instructor must be aware of people that they are working with if they have certain allergies or asthma or any health risks that may cause someone to take action and they need to know how to react in a certain situation. At work we hold on to Epipens for kids who need them and train all of our workers in CPR and First-Aid.

3. Ability to promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces diversity.
- Organizations need to be open to all people and never reject someone from participating in a program for a certain race, gender, disability, etc. I feel as if youth would benefit from working with others in the opposite gender and may be able to learn different things. At work we open our leagues and programs to everyone even those with disabilities and will accommodate for them if need be.

4. Ability to foster academic and non-academic skills and broaden participant horizons.
- There is more to what is in the book for youth workers. Youth workers need to be creative and think of other things to make the youth happy and involved in particular things. Youth workers need to be able to when to go by the book and when not to and explore different things and when do draw the line between.

5. Ability to effectively implement curricula and program activities.
- Youth workers need to be able to not just use what was learned in their time in school, but use it where there is change happening and kids are learning from what is being instructed to them. Youth workers should not just go through the motions and if a message is not getting across quite the way they want to then they should slow down go over something again and ensure the message gets across.

6. Ability to promote responsible and healthy decision-making among all participants.
-  Youth workers need to be able to keep kids active as well as making good eating decisions and ensure good eating habits. I run a lot of youth sport programs that keep kids active year round. What I would like to  hopefully do in the future is do something with the youth teaching them good eating habits at my work. I would really like to make that happen.

7. Ability to develop leadership, team-building and self-advocacy skills among participants.
- Youth workers need to ensure to the youth how important it is to have good team work and leadership skills as well as how important it is to be good as an individual as well such as good attitude, good team player, hardworking, etc.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

My name is Mike Bedrosian and I am a Youth Development major at Rhode Island College. I currently work as an assistant director at the Johnston Recreation Department and have been with them for two and a half years. I also coach basketball and baseball at Ferri Middle School in Johnston as well as an AAU organization called the Rhode Island Breakers. I enjoy working with kids and have been coaching since I was 18 years old. All summer I basically worked everyday is it is our busiest time of year. I didn't go on vacation or anything so it was kind of a dull summer for me! I am graduating finally this upcoming spring so I am really looking forward to finally walking across the stage after 7 YEARS!