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Let's face it, young people are often overlooked. I guess adults don't remember that it's frustrating to be ignored. Young people have some really brilliant ideas, but if no one pays attention, there's no way for them to be heard. That's why adults need to let young people be more involved and have a greater say in how things work.

- Zach, ACT Youth Network

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Attached to digital devices, young people are immersed in a stream of stimulation and distraction. How can we engage them in learning and meaningful activities when we cannot keep their attention? In this presentation, Jutta Dotterweich explores what research has to say about our ability to pay attention, and how youth work professionals can help young people focus.
New courses added! Positive Youth Development (PYD) 101 Online is a series of short, interactive courses intended to introduce PYD to new youth work professionals, volunteers, and advocates. Based on the PYD 101 training curriculum, the online series can be used independently or to supplement that curriculum. New courses include Youth Work Ethics and Youth Development Programming.
In this article, Janis Whitlock and colleagues summarize what research tells us about three ways young people use technology to explore sexuality: pornography, sexting, and mobile dating applications.
Emailed monthly, the Update connects subscribers to youth development resources, sexual health resources, professional development opportunities, and funding announcements.
Is it really love? In this section of our site for youth, we help young people understand "love chemicals" and how they can influence behavior.
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