June 27, 2018

No time to plan? Try these three things


Someone recently asked us if we were in a pinch (she was) and needed to plan a presentation or workshop without a lot of planning time (she had to), could we tell her the three most important things we consider when designing a w...

March 5, 2018

We are so proud of the young people of the #MeToo, #TimesUp, #BlackLivesMatter & #NeverAgain movements. We are inspired by their actions and know that Out-of-School Time programs are in a unique position to support young people in their demands for safer schools, equit...

February 28, 2018

This article in Generocity (2/12/2018) struck a chord with us and prompted us to make more formal measures to make our workplace welcoming to Returning Citizens. Here's a sneak peak about what an organization must do:

1. Actively communicate in your job descriptions and...

February 22, 2018

When I was in graduate school at Brooklyn College back in the late 1990s, I took a class in special education where I was introduced to “people first language.” While I don’t regularly work with youth with disabilities, I’ve adopted people first language as part of my...

January 31, 2018

The Wooden Boat Factory has a tightly packed daily schedule filled with rituals and routines to help keep their teens engaged, to deepen connections among participants and staff (and between

participants); as well as to express and manage expectations and create a sens...

January 29, 2018

I recently sent out a newsletter about why field trips are a good idea for adults and a great tool for professional development. Read more from that newsletter here: 

Some of my most memorable experiences of school and my time aftershcool are of the field trips I took!

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December 15, 2017

I wrote this op-ed for Youth Today magazine about how not to lose yourself every time a new trend pops up. Youth Today has been a go-to resource throughout my career. It's one of my most trusted sources for anything youth development related and I rely on the grants ne...

November 5, 2017

Are you responsible for managing change where you work? Is your organization currently undergoing some complex change or changes?

I often work with organizations to manage complex change. They don't usually come to me asking for support managing change, but through the...

August 30, 2017

I have been developing and facilitating workshops for a wide range of youth worker audiences for nearly two decades on an extensive range of topics. I’ve been attending workshops presented by other people for even longer than that.

Read about my take on "one and done" w...

August 26, 2017

I was invited to speak at the Seybert Foundation's first symposium this summer about the topic of networking. I opened my presentation with this slide:

Most of the audience at the symposium were executive directors and as someone who holds a similar position, I know it...