Youth Development Insight, the Center for Youth Development's organizational blog, is succeeding in many ways. Since its launch in February, our YD faculty and educator bloggers have written 24 illuminating and thought-provoking posts related to policies, research, trends and issues in the field of youth development. Topic examples include ethics in youth work practice, assessing program quality, and the role of learning environments in engaging youth.
Youth Development Insight has been noticed - and its content quoted - by leaders in the field of youth development. Our blog posts have attracted 200 comments from more than 16,000 visitors across the country and internationally. Youth Development Insight comments have been contributed by Josef Mestenhauser, Minnesota's own expert on intercultural education and Jon Ord of University College Marjon in Plymouth, UK., and representatives from the Harvard Family Research Project. Blogosphere mentions and tweets highlighting our blog include one from the National Coalition for Youth SparkAction, and Youth Community Connections has linked to us on their Facebook page. The Hawaii Youth Services Network reprinted Sam Grant's blog post, "What's the definition of youth work insanity?" in its latest newsletter.
Members of the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition have contributed guest blogs - Ellen Gannett of the National Institute on Out of School Time, Jerry Kitzi of the Francis Institute of Child and Youth Development in Missouri and next week, Dana Fusco of Harvard Family Research Project.
Dozens of readers subscribe to Youth Development Insight by RSS feed or e-mail, including some leaders in our field nationally. Since our marketing campaign to promote the blog got underway last month, an average of 290 people visit our blog on a given day.
These rich conversations, and the resources embedded in them, are contributing to the field of youth work nationally. Congratulations to our bloggers on their successes!
YD web manager