The Heartbeat of the Youth Development Field: Professional Journeys of Growth, Connection, and Transformation

 

the heartbeat of the youth coverResearchers at NIOST co-edited the book, The Heartbeat of the Youth Development Field: Professional Journeys of Growth, Connection, and Transformation, as part of Information Age Publishing’s Current Issues in Out-of-School Time series.

 

Through research and personal essays, the book shines a light on the intricate connections between research and practice, touching upon both the vulnerability and triumph of youth development work. The passionate voices of youth workers in this volume lead to the inescapable conclusion that programs and policies for youth must be informed by these same voices and the values they express.

 

With this book, the editors aim to show OST workers, researchers, funders, and policymakers, as well as other education professionals, how youth workers’ lived experiences inspire their ability to build the relationships that are the foundation of positive and healthy youth development. From relationships comes engagement, and from engagement, transformation—centered in equity, inclusion, and belonging. No one is better able to advocate for these truths than the professionals who found themselves—by whatever means—working with young people to bring positive change to their lives, their communities, and our world.

 

 

  • ENDORSEMENTS

    "The Heartbeat of the Youth Development Field: Professional Journeys of Growth, Connection and Transformation is a timely discussion about what we in the Out-of-School Time and youth development field know already - that this work is an integral part of the success, survival, and thriving of youth. This book will be a catalyst for ensuring the professionalization of our field and additional support and resources for out-of-school time and youth development professionals."

    – Ebony Grace, NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities

  • ENDORSEMENTS

    "The Heartbeat of the Youth Development Field provides a window into the lives of youth workers and experiences that led to their work with young people. It beautifully illustrates the importance of building positive relationships with youth, and details the practices and strategies successfully employed by youth workers. While this book will be immeasurably valuable to researchers, funders, and policymakers, it is also an important resource for program leaders to promote reflection and discussion among youth worker staff as part of staff development."

    – Sam Piha, The How Kids Learn Foundation and Temescal Associates

  • ENDORSEMENTS

    "This is a must read for everyone in the out-of-school time and youth development learning space. I am excited to see the conversations, connections and collaborations this text will inspire. Reflecting on my own journey, this work motivates me to examine how I show up in each of those spaces and how we hold space for others to do the same. It is more than just a “job." This book gives you a glimpse into the “vocation.” It is amazing to see our profession painted in this light."

    – Brodrick Clarke, Vice President of Programs, National Summer Learning Association

 

ASM logoMany essay authors in this volume participated in the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship, a one-year professional development and leadership training program hosted by NIOST.

 


 

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In the first episode of the series, host Georgia Hall, Ph.D., director of NIOST, talks to Marisela Montoya of Austin, TX, and Kourtney Andrada of Oakland, CA, about their experiences as youth development workers.

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The podcast series, Journeys in Youth Development, highlights the personal essays of youth development workers from the book, The Heartbeat of the Youth Development Field. New episodes released monthly.

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NIOST is pleased to announce the release of The Heartbeat of the Youth Development Field: Professional Journeys of Growth, Connection, and Transformation.

 

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