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POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

What's your teen's SPARK?  Art, Music, Sports?  What does your teen love to do and what motivates them to be their best?  Everyone needs a SPARK.  Let us help your teen find their SPARK and Connect them with positive youth development programs in Spartanburg.

Providers

Urban League of the Upstate

Ages:

9th to 12th graders


OVERVIEW

Project Ready assists students to make academic progress, benefit from cultural enrichment opportunities and develop important skills, attitudes and aptitudes that will aid in their transition from high school and position them for post-secondary success.

CONTACT

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Ages:

10 - 18


OVERVIEW

Community-Based mentoring: Bigs and Littles get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy. School-Based mentoring: Bigs and Littles meet for one-on-one mentoring in the classroom, school library, school computer room, neighborhood community center or other set location.

CONTACT

Youth Development Programs

Ages:

Varies by program


OVERVIEW

The City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Department offers the following youth development programs at various centers. These programs are no less than nine months.
BARS Academy: Serves ages 14-19
Mentoring: Serves ages 14-19
Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Serves ages 13-16

CONTACT

To enroll your youth in one of these programs contact Kim Moultrie

My Brother's Keeper

Ages:

Varies by program


OVERVIEW

My Brother's Keeper offers a variety of workshops and positive youth development programs for youth of all ages. Their workshops include mentoring, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills, healthy relationship training, leadership skill building, and more!

  CONTACT

Resources

 

ACT Center for Excellence

Parents and teens need to know about adolescent development! ACT Center for Excellence offers a few reliable, informative websites for parents, and reliable, youth-friendly websites for teenagers.

The Science of Adult Capabilities

Adults need certain capabilities to succeed in life and support the development of the next generation. Learn how to help your young person develop these skills in their childhood and teen years. 

 

Under Construction the Adolescent Brain 

The Power of the Adolescent Brain: A TAG Talk uses research to shine a light on adolescent brain development. Motivated by her personal experience of parenting two teenage boys, and drawing on clinical experience and research, neurologist Dr. Jensen shares what researchers have discovered about adolescent brain development, functioning, and capacity and provides practical suggestions for practitioners and families with adolescents.

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