HUS 1640  Foundations of Youth Development credits: 3

This course provides an understanding of the dynamics that influence and shape youth behavior. The course emphasizes: effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills; developmental stages exclusion and inclusion, trust, and respect. The course prepares students to function as youth workers using a youth development approach in community-based, residential, group home and other youth work environments. Students will explore these concepts: developing a professional awareness of youth work; identifying and distinguishing between asset building models and deficit based models of adolescent development; and developing a capacity to design and implement programs consistent with the needs of youth in relation to available resources.