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The Goals Of Youth Engagement Services

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Many agencies, professional and government organizations, educational institutions, and advocacy groups provide a vast array of advice, materials, training, and other support, both for parents of young children and for teachers, caregivers, and directors working with young children and their families (Wardle 2013). Our communities provide resources for families and early care and education programs to support children’s development that are both local and web-based. As educators, it is important to inform families of these resources to help the development of our youth.
One community resource to share with parents and to use as an early childhood professional to support children’s development is the local school districts, Youth Development Support Services: Youth Engagement Services. The goal of Youth Engagement Services (YES) is to empower their schools and district to meet the academic and social-emotional wellbeing of all students by providing support to plan, implement, monitor, and integrate the delivery of high quality and high impact educational and social-emotional programs (youth.scusd.edu). Youth Engagement Services’ provide; after school, summer and out of school time programs, mentoring and character education services, youth voice and action opportunities, student, family, and community engagement, school culture and climate initiatives, intervention and prevention of tobacco, alcohol, other drug use, bullying and violence prevention, service learning; social
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