Friday, December 16, 2016

Event 1 & 2

For my event one and two I attended Bright Stars ITERS and ECERS training session which was the first time they hosted this event. ECERS is early childhood environment scale and ITERS is infant/toddler environment scale. These two enviromentail scales are used by Bright Stars to "early learning, education and school-age programs that care for children learn about best practices and apply them to the care children receive"(bright stars). 

ECERS was invented first by the writers too enhance the quality of what children of early childhood receive in early education and school programs.  With the interactions,activities, language and reasoning, personal care routines, space and furnishings, and program structure.  The goals to see what are my the children in the classroom getting?  The goal of the assessment is to see provide as much materials from various areas to the children most of the day. Also, to make sure in the space provided that the materials are accessible, see able, organized, labeled, and inviting. 

ITERS  was secondly written by the writers of the ECERS to then enhance infants and toddlers quality of care. Through the same ways that the ECERS have but with the difference of that they see that on some days infants and toddlers cannot have a time limit of how much play aka access to materials they need a day. Also, in the interactions, activities, program structure, space and funrnishings, personal care routines, and language and reasoning are too the level of infants and toddlers .

Another, something I learned is that for both environments that only 35 square foot is required per person where in other standards it is 45-50 square foot. 35 square foot is less than a prison room, a office space, and a average child's room with furniture. This is insane that a child who needs quality care because stats have shown that single mothers who work a full time job has there child in a care program for 33 hours per week and with there single space if they were to be stand still which would never happen is 35SF. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

YOUTH WORK IS… Context Mapping

My Context Map:

Achieved Identity: A individual that has or is experiencing crisis and has recognized and accepted the situation but still is happy with one self. The situation and/or crisis is not nessicarly bad it is a situation the individual can handle and something the enjoy working on.

Foreclose Identity: when others choose an individuals identity for them because they are pushed into doing something they are not comfortable in or have never experienced in a crisis.

Moratorium: when an individual identity has gone towards the crisis but with no commitment. This is when an individual faces their roles, beliefs, relationships, etc. that they are not committing to.

Diffuse Identity: this is when an individual is leery from trying experiences that could involve crisis and commitment. This is where anxiousness comes into play with a crisis especially when it towards new experiences.


Ideology, it is a set of beliefs and values a person has when it come to life but in particular is in youth work. How we work with you and the place we decided to work at will have a set of beliefs, values, and norms aka ideology as a system where we align ourselves with. In youth work there is three ideologies risk and resiliency, positive, and critical work. Each one is great because it is based on the individual and how the individual as a youth work does with the set of beliefs they stand with. Personally, my ideology is positive and critical youth work.  I say this because I believe that working with you and not saying to youth is my personal approach. I feel that as a society we have to recognize all that youth is facing and that they do have the knowledge to lead and we should foster those skills and enable them to grow more and more by each others side. I believe that youth can help change are community and society with many aspects of justice, political, race, gender, sexuality, and more if we give them a safe environment to do so through support and encouragement. I could go on and on about are youth and my ideology but I will leave it at this that will youth workers and youth working together with no hierarchy we can make a enormous societal change in their nuclear environment and also society as a whole with one talk at a time. 

TED Talk

 Invisibility, it is how one can feel or how you can make others feel based on actions of what you say or how you treat one another. In Hobson TED Talk the focus on invisibility of race in society from institutional racism. Myself, have I felt invisible? I had to think about this a lot and to be truthful I in a way felt invisible in some small aspects but not as much as other individuals. I have felt invisible in the classroom in my life because i have dyslexia and neurological disorder from epilepsy through that I was seen as just a person that was holding a chair in the classroom  but not vaulable because of the fact I for awhile to not accomplish anything and if I did it would only be to graduate high school.

YIA fights the invisibility by sharing stories fights back against invisibility through talking about real political, racial, and social injustices in the world. Although, they do YIA talks t fight against it and change the system and how that the differences make the community, state, and country great because of are diversity.

As youth workers we need to make a space that every child of races, religions, ethnicity's, class, gender, and etc. are respected and wanted in the classroom, after school programs, and every space and that they all matter no matter where they come from and what race they are that they can accomplish the same as those who might look down on them and prove them wrong that regardless of what others say and think that they can and will do amazing things in there life.

Race,  color blind is a saying people say that they do not see race but color brave is about seeing color and loving the diversity in all of us. I love the concept color brave how she says willingly "to have proactive conversations about race" this affects teachers, to scientist, and CEOS. That diversity  in race, intellects, gender and such that is how we can succeed diversity of all in the environment. Hobson says to "invite people of different color, opinions, and such will help challenge you and push you to think differently". In youth this important to invite people that dont look like you or see things like you can make you into a person that you couldn't of been without it that youth deserves hope. Hope that as a society we can treat and tell all youth that they can be anything.

Thursday, December 8, 2016


Youth Development is a combination of education, social work, and non profit studies brought together to focus on working with the youth and help them develop critical skills in life. Also, build and give them skills in academic, behavior, political, social/emotional, and overall health of the youth we work with. 

These articles and making the elevator speech just verifies of why I have and am pursing a career in youth development. It is breaking the boundaries of how people work with youth and think of them. I believe that all youth deserve a chance and the resources equally throughout even if thats not a possibility we as youth workers stop that gap. The gap between education and community are too wide and as a youth worker we can help to close that gap and make a change in the youth lives through varies ways and work with the education department and the environment the youth live in.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mindful Practice

 Resilience is so important for youth and over all everyone, but in the tools of importance being and having mindfullness is such an important role to have in a classroom, after school programs, and a general aspect to have in life. 

For Youth have mindfullness will create a space that they will be able to acheive more in time and also create a space where individuals with behaviors that sometimes arise in the classroom will now be occur less often. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016


This election has been a world wind of opinions and unanswered facts that need to be answered. As a proud american who appreciates the privlages we get for just being a citizen of this country and also loving history from ancient to now its let just say interesting. They say look to your past to not repeat it in the future but in some ways how can we during this election. One is a male that has never been in politics and a women who has but has the FBI looking into her. 

I believe now that in current day society it is important for the youth to be informed of the current politics and elections that happen because they can see what will be in there future of policy and what will happen to not just them but grandparents, children, peers, parents and ect. Although, this election is hard to be honest as a adult who trys to listen to the debates is hard to get the grip of it because of the fact that they are not making solid points in their debates. watching the debates is like watching two children having tantrums over on toy but we are not a toy but a country that needs to get back on its rails to pure politics and points. 

First, we have a male of white privlage who shows racism against middle easterns and hispanic/lations/latinas and a sexist who says that it is okay to just grab a womans P**** and that if a woman is assulted she should think of why or what she did. do we want a man that wants to send us back 40 years? I think not. 

Then, a women of white privlage who has worked in politics that has lied about certain events and has had a scandal of national security emails getting exposed how could we trust her with the country/?

I am honestly scared for this country with the political election going on. 

1. what will happen with the wage gap?
2. how will middle easterns and hispanics/Latinos be treated when they have done nothing wrong?
3. We will be sent back 40 years in history?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

YOUTH WORK IS… Cocreating

1.     Mom (Caring): she shaped me into the person I am today and has always been there for me.
2.     Dad (Caring): my dad has always been they’re supporting me and with his illness it taught me many lessons of life.
3.     Mr. Junker (caring): A teacher of mine in high school that was strict but you could always talk to him about anything.
4.     Youth Development Major (caring): it has been a place of comfort and support through college as well as a space to discuss and cultivate my mind.
5.     Soccer Coaches (Caring and Antagonistic): through my 20 years of playing soccer I had coaches who cared and was supportive and others that were just about winning.
6.     RIC (Caring and Antagonistic): helps support me to become the real adult in life and help me pursue my goals and aspirations. It was difficult when my dad was sick to keep up in the community and school work at the time.
7.     Mr. Garry (Indifferent): was my IEP case manager he let me do what I needed to and if I needed him he was there but I didn’t use much or needed much.
8.     Dr. Battle (caring): He is gentlemen through college in social work that makes you work hard for your grade but he is there to answer any questions and just to talk to.
9.     Mr. Cohen (antagonistic):  a teacher in high school that was tough and when I worked 45 hours a week and feel asleep in class made me cry.
10.  My dogs: supportive and caring always been there for me.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

YOUTH WORK IS…. Leading With

A YIA main idea is to empower youth to take a leadership role with in their neighborhood and community to make a greater change with social and racial roles and how others view individuals.  To speak and learn about things that is uncomfortable to talk about but needs to be talked about and even if there is disagreement with the topic. They also touch upon adults and youth not on separate levels but to rise together.  YIA model resonates with my experience as a youth because I struck upon as a youth to speak up even when trying to be shut down on topics I felt or new about that was consider “years beyond my knowledge”. I believe that there model is a constructive way to build up the youth and show them that they have a voice and can use it to make changes.

Thursday, September 8, 2016


 in youth work we purposely come into youths live to create opportunities, activities, and coversations that cause them to think and act towards the world that they live in as well sounded them in a nurtured setting. As youth workers we test them to see and work for themselves towards their values, attitudes, and behaviors towards others. While social work is a big part of youth work it isn't the only part their is education and the safety of young people. another, is that are work as youth workers can affect a community not just the youth and cause a reduction of anti-social behavior.  Young people seem to voluntarily come to work with us but it is the quality of the engagement that shape the results and progress.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Info of Me

Hey everyone, my name is molly or as some know me as Mollysue. Both work whatever you prefer. over the summer I took four summer sessions classes to make sure that I was graduating this year, spring 2017, and fingers crossed I will. Also, I started working at West Bay Residential Services which is a Group Home for Adults with Disabilities and I love it so far. It is a lot of work because they require 24 hour support but at the same time so amazing.  Then, when I am not in class I am reading, going to the movies, hikes, new adventures, and hanging out with friends.