Saturday, April 25, 2009

Survey Says - Favorite Resources for Youth Professionals

As part of the TN Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth Initiative, we surveyed 50 youth organizations in middle Tennessee to find out more about their understanding of developmental assets. During the survey, we asked them to share the resources that have been most influential in their youth development work. They shared some of our favorite resources, but also some resources that are new to us. We hope you enjoy the list! (**please note our disclaimer at the end**)

"Teaching about HIV and Sexuality" –by Evonne Hedgepeth and Joan Helmich
Great Group Games” –by Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor
Sustainable Youth Ministry” –by Mark DeVries
Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America” - by Paul Tough
Basic etiquette books
Workbooks and Videos produced by the Boston Food Project

Websites for after-school or out-of-school programs is excellent

America's Promise
Building by Design
Expeditionary Learning Schools guiding themes
Life Rocks is an excellent resource for helping middle school students develop positive self-esteem and decision making skills.
National Parks & Recreation
Tennessee 4-H

Annual Americans for the Arts Conference
Annual National Art Educators Conference
Christian Community Development Conference
National Service-Learning Conference
Tennessee Arts Commissions Conference

Other Tools
YPQA (Youth Program Quality Assessment)

We are NOT familiar with all of these resources, so we are NOT giving our full recommendation. But other youth development professionals shared these resources with us, so we wanted to share them with you.