Ever since I took Michigan State University’s HDFS 470, “Youth and Technology”, in Summer 2012, I’ve decided that my final capstone project for my master’s degree will be technology-related. Around Fall 2012, I decided that to focus on fanworks and how it can be used as a tool to promote positive youth development. So since then, I’ve studied fanworks from an academic perspective, which I find a bit funny, since fanwork is considered to be one of my biggest online hobbies! Regardless, I focused on that, and I’ve now added a new section to this website called Fanworks and PYD.
On that page, I’ve compiled my class assignments and projects relating to the topic of fanworks and Net Generation. My capstone project, a narrated PowerPoint presentation, is also embedded for those who’d like to see how I applied fanworks to PYD.
I have always labelled myself as an introvert, but I had never fully understood what being introverted meant. This article breaks it down and explained the misconceptions about people who are introverts, and it has helped me understand how introversion and extroversion apply to children and youth development.
One of the first things I learned in my programme is the whole concept on “positive youth development”. Dr Lerner introduced the “6 Cs” that every youth development professionals should know of and apply to their career and understanding of youth development. The 6 Cs are:
Contribution to self, family, community, and the institutions of a civil society
The 6 Cs set the “guidelines” that I try to follow. I also discovered another set of “guidelines” in a response to a video I created and shared. Someone from the 4-H Pacific branch introduced me to the Eight Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development:
Positive Relationship with a Caring Adult
A Safe Emotional and Physical Environment
An Inclusive Environment
Engagement in Learning
Opportunity for Mastery
Opportunity to See Oneself as an Active Participant in the Future
Opportunity for Self‐Determination
Opportunity to Value and Practice Service to Others