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Johannes' youth development students in Great Plains-IDEA present in England

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

In March, Elaine Johannes,  who has received the Faculty Excellence Award at the annual meeting of Great Plains-IDEA recently, led the first international study-abroad course offered within the Great Plains-IDEA Youth Development program for distance students. Students presented at the international History of Youth and Community Work conference in Leeds, England.

The presentation was Perspectives from Youth Development Students in the US: Detached and Center-Based Work. The students are Erica Baker, Abby Bettini, Kylie Dicket, Tajiana Ellis and Kristen Garcia.

The four-day Leeds conference was followed with a five-day educational experience at George Williams College, London, which featured faculty lectures, student consults, youth service ("ragged schools") historical tour of central London and meetings at three youth-service sites in London.

The workshop examined the United States’ loose network of services and supports for young people which is grounded upon principles of Positive Youth Development, said Johannes, associate professor in family studies and human services. The graduate students discussed their work and training and shared their perspectives about program design, evaluation/accountability, work with disconnected youth, funding for youth work, their academic training program and their impressions of youth work in the United Kingdom.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Great Plains IDEA.