Academic journal article Human Ecology

Youth Development

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Youth Development

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As I settle into my deanship of the College of Human Ecology, I am consistently impressed by the dedication of our faculty, staff, and students to the betterment of the human condition, particularly to the health and well-being of children and youth. Through our multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research, we are able to emphasize a commitment to youth development throughout all of our academic units, departments, and majors. We also are able to provide a wide range of educational outreach through Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and units of our college such as the Family Life Development Center (FLDC). Indeed, children and youth remain a focal point of our college's scholarship.

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One example of our efforts is the collaboration of CCE and FLDC on ACT for Youth, or Assets Coming Together for Youth. A project of the New York State Department of Health, this initiative aims at strengthening community partnerships that promote positive youth development. It also works to prevent risky behavior among young people and to educate them to make better choices for themselves. As do all of our youth-related programs, ACT for Youth addresses the problems faced by so many young people today: family violence, substance abuse, and unplanned pregnancy to name a few.

We also are concerned about nutrition as it applies to children and youth. Our Program in International Nutrition includes courses in maternal and child nutrition, human lactation and reproduction, and child growth and development. …

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