Can you believe it? It’s Friday and the first week of fall quarter is (almost) over!
Thank you to all who attended and participated in iYouth’s opening Welcome Week event; a special thank you to our wonderful faculty guests: Sarah Evans. Stephen Del Vecchio, and Eliza Dresang, the Cleary Professor of Children and Youth Services. For students interested in working in youth services, these faculty members are great resources with a range of experiences working in schools and libraries, and conducting youth-related research! We are happy to have their support!
To those unable to join us on Tuesday, here’s a review (pizza not included). Check back for updates and follow-up posts throughout the quarter.
Beyond introductions and children’s literature trivia (Ramona Quimby’s cat is named “Picky-Picky,” BTW) discussion focused primarily on ways to gain experience working with youth. There are many resources for finding Directed Field Work, but until a DFW is available to you after the completion of 30 credits, you can volunteer or intern!
But how can you find opportunities?
- Ask around. Talk to faculty (see above), TAs, peers, librarians at your local library branches, and school librarians in the area. Let people know that you’re looking for an opportunity.
- Subscribe to listservs. In addition to the iYouth listserv, look for opportunities that come across program listservs. Keep track of application requirements and deadlines. Additionally, subscribe to listservs outside of the iSchool, like the EdLife listserv, for news and events for graduate students in the College of Education.
- Research local youth-service organizations. Try http://www.volunteermatch.org/ – you can filter by areas of interest and preferred organizations.
- Take electives in youth services. We especially recommend INFX 571 “Research in Action” with Eliza Dresang as a unique and rewarding opportunity. Check back to hear from students who have taken the class.
- Participate in iYouth. This year, we’re focused on professional development, and there was a clear expressed need for connections to opportunities to work with youth. As a group we are trying to figure out how to meet this need in a meaningful way, and we would love for you to be involved. Check back for news, updates, and opportunities.
Thank you again to all who were involved and good luck with the second week of the quarter!