There are a lot of great things to do during the summer. One of them is using your extra time to help others and make a difference in your community. Check out this great list of serving opportunities for youth in Columbia, MO. Thanks to our friends at Youth in Action for this great resource! … Continue reading
The Youth Community Coalition is actively working with community partners to provide the promise of an effective education to every student in Columbia. Check out our Effective Education page to learn more.
A lot of times we get the question, “What exactly does the Youth Community Coalition do?” For such a simple question, at times, it can be hard to give a simple answer. This is because the work of the Youth Community Coalition covers such a broad spectrum. The Coalition addresses substance abuse, education, public safety, mental heath, teen pregnancy, and so much more. While the Coalition cares about specific issues, what lies at the heart of what we do is a passion for Positive Youth Development. This is the idea that kids aren’t divided up by what issues they struggle with, they are whole people, in need of support in every area of their live. Further, it is not about issues, it’s about solutions. It’s not about what makes a child weak, it’s about what makes them strong.
So, to answer the question, maybe a picture would help…
Surveys. Surveys. Surveys.
We have all taken one before. We know the overall mission of “the survey.” The dictionary definition is to examine or look at comprehensively…
Here at YC2, something we feel that surveys (especially ones that target our youth) often focus on, is the examination of the negative factors in a persons life. We thought we would take a different approach with the youth we’re in contact with. The DAP (Developmental Assets Profile) survey measures developmental assets, which are the strengths, supports, and noncognitive factors that are essential for young people’s success. It essentially focuses on how to add more positives to a youth’s life. We like this approach better, because the students taking this survey aren’t being reminded of all the negative factors in their lives. Instead, we focus on the positive factors, and in return, how to add more of them.
Click here to learn more about what the DAP survey measures!
So far, the middle school and high school students of TOP (Teen Outreach Program) have taken the first of two parts of the survey. One was taken at the beginning of the school year, and the same survey is given at the end of the school year. That way, with the DAP strategies for CHANGE and success, we can measure how many positive assets were added to each youth’s life that year.
We were excited to get this assessment underway in 2013, and we can’t wait to see what the results tell us in 2014!
If you would like a youth community to become involved with the Developmental Assets Profile, please contact us via our webpage!
Our next take back event will occur during the last weekend of April. Check back soon for more details…
You can learn more about the safe disposal of medications by checking out saferxdisposal.com
National Safe Place week is March 17-23. This annual week highlights the Safe Place program, which brings together businesses and volunteers to provide immediate help and safety to young people facing abuse, neglect, bullying or other crisis situations. It is a time to raise awareness of Safe Place as an immediate option for youth in crisis and to recognize many valued Safe Place partners that strengthen the national safety net for youth.
To find out more about the Safe Place program in Columbia, click here.
Join YC2 as we celebrate National Mentoring Month! The YC2 Mentoring Collaborative will be posting different resources throughout the month, so check back to see how you can be involved in making a difference in the life of a child.
Mentoring Opportunity Resource Guide
Check out this comprehensive guide to mentoring opportunities in Boone County, MO. You’ll find all the information you’ll need to get plugged into mentoring. If you have any questions about the opportunities, please contact the agency representative listed.
In the meantime, check out the National Mentoring Month website: http://www.nationalmentoringmonth.org/