Do Youth Programs Really Work?

Youth Programs

Youth programs are an effective means of guiding children into better habits and lifestyle choices.

There is some debate over the effectiveness of youth programs that has led some to wonder whether or not they’re a viable option in curbing poverty and violence in low-income communities. The good news is that most research indicates that young people who are around opportunities for positive encounters engage in far less violence or risky behavior and ultimately have better transitions into adulthood. Youth programs are intended to engage young people in productive and constructive ways that will help better them and their communities, but how well do they really work?

Taking a Look at Studies

According to the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, “a comprehensive study that looked at more than 200 school-based social-emotional learning programs found that program participants showed significant improvement in social and emotional skills, attitudes, and academic performance and reductions in internalizing symptoms and risky behaviors.” These programs seem to allow the youth involved to better process their emotions while also avoiding behaviors that could have dramatic impacts on their education or personal lives.

Tailored to Individual Needs

One of the main driving forces of youth programs is their ability to cater to a wide breadth of individual needs. Some programs for children work alongside a child’s family to help create effective plans, whereas others involve teachers from their school to engage in exactly what the student needs. By being able to craft youth programs targeted specifically towards whatever individual needs a young person may have, we’re able to get students much more excited about programs for children than other alternatives.

Youth Programs With My Brother’s Keeper

My Brother’s Keeper runs youth programs that are meant to encourage young people and aid them in becoming active agents in their communities, schools, and personal lives. With our facilitative, compassionate leadership, we seek to help young people explore the world around them, learn what they’re capable of, and help them pursue their dreams.

Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore

To learn more about our youth programs, Attendance Affirmation Project, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.

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