Thursday, October 25, 2018

Urban Tech Offers Online Exercises to Promote Social Growth

A former child actor, Janina Casey graduated with a degree in finance from St. Johns University. In her charitable work, Janina Casey serves on the board of directors for Urban Tech, an agency that promotes emotional and social growth for children of low-income families.

A major part of Urban Tech’s mission is its Youth Leadership Academy. The YLA offers 12 online courses that develop social skills for children ages 8 and up. Programming includes bullying, conflict resolution, and financial education. Teens learn about relationships and avoiding STDs and drugs.

All sessions begin with narratives that explore values and problem-solving. Team leaders then replay animations that help participants identify problems and draw conclusions in group discussions. 

Next, students write their thoughts in an electronic journal, stimulating critical thinking and language skills. Then they take part in role-playing and games in order to reinforce their lessons and work as a team.

Finally, they participate in quiz-show style programs that provide enjoyment while measuring their progress. The application also defines unfamiliar words and links students to relevant web material.

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