News: Program Strategies

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Bright Idea: Using Literature to Prevent Relationship Violence

October 5, 2009

Lessons about violence, power, hatred, love and respect are everywhere – from the classic Zora Neale Hurston novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (a staple of high-school English classrooms) to contemporary movies, music and television.

Photograph of a young woman holding a bathroom scale.

Bright Idea: Healthy Competition Helps Youth Lose Weight, Gain Confidence

September 5, 2009

 As a case manager at Adams House, a transitional living program for older adolescent boys in Gastonia, N.C., Ed Smith is always looking for ways to keep residents active. .

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Bright Idea: Give Your Program a Facelift on a Budget

August 5, 2009

 Youth programs should be fun, homey places, but many organizations don't have the cash to redecorate. To help our readers brighten up their spaces, we spoke to interior designer Inola Walston of Frederick, MD, about how to redecorate for pennies.

Emergency supplies, including a first aid kit, candles, a phone, and bottled water

Bright Idea: Pack Now In Case Disaster Strikes

July 5, 2009

 Summer is here—and so are hurricane, tornado and wildfire seasons in many parts of the country. It’s the perfect time to create a disaster plan for your youth program.


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