Youth Development

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2 hours

Explore what’s going on in a teen’s mind — literally — and learn how to apply a developmental lens to your youth programming. 

After completing this module, you will be able to...

In this module, we’ll explore how youth grow and learn, develop their own identity in relation to others, and make use of digital media. We’ll also explore how libraries can support tweens and teens with their developmental progress every step of the way. 

Youth Development KWL

Complete this worksheet by creating a list of what you already know (the K in KWL) about youth development. In the second column, write down what you want (W) to learn in this module. You’ll fill out the last column, what you learned (L) when you have completed this module.

Youth Development KWL Worksheet (DOCX)

What do you already know about youth development? What do you want to learn about youth development? What did you learn from this module? (You will answer this question at the end of the module.)

How to Use This Module

Navigate this module using the menu on the left side of the page.

  • Each section has learning outcomes which are displayed in blue like this.
Quotes from researchers and practitioners look like this.
Case studies and examples look like this.
Explanatory videos or additional materials look like this.
Tips and pointers from librarians and elsewhere look like this.
Reflections and exercises to help you apply the module’s concepts to your individual context look like this.

At the end of each module, there are additional resources for you to explore further on your own if you choose.

Ready to get started? Let’s begin with Section 1: Theories of Youth Development.