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Youth & Social Innovation Major

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What do you need to know in order to design and implement effective youth programming and policy for today's youth?

Faculty members in the Curry School of Education have some answers.  As a student in the Youth & Social Innovation major, you'll engage in coursework that integrates theory and research on youth development, programming, and policy with hands-on application through community service. You'll learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of existing social innovations for youth and collaborate with a team to design new ones.

 

 

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For more information, contact Edith "Winx" Lawrence at ecl2t@virginia.edu.

Program Life

The YSI major prepares students to make a difference in the lives of youth.  Students will acquire a foundational understanding of youth development and the social and cultural challenges that impact youth trajectory.

You'll gain critical conceptual and practical skills in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policy designed to address these challenges.  Students will have ongoing opportunities in research labs and practicum placements to deepen their understanding of youth programming in and out of schools.

YSI majors will develop the skills needed to launch and enact social innovations for youth, including a strong understanding of the contemporary knowledge base in youth development; critical thinking skills to analyze social, cultural, and educational challenges facing youth today; knowledge of programs and policies intended to address these challenges; and the cultural navigation skills enabling their entry into systems and settings serving youth.

Spring 2017 Youth and Social Innovation Courses

EDHS 1120: So You Want to Change the World: Foundations of Community Engagement (M/W 2 - 3:15 pm)
EDLF 1200: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Social Innovation (T/Th 9:30 - 10:45 am)
EDHS 3055: Development and Prevention of Youth Violence (T/Th 11 am - 12:15 pm)
EDHS 3100: Media Socialization, Racial Stereotypes and Black Adolescent Identity (T/Th 12:30 - 1:45 pm)
EDLF 3610: Immigrant Youth and Families (W 3:30 - 6 pm)
EDLF 4610: Civil Rights Movement and Education (M 3:30 - 6 pm)

Fall 2017 Courses
EDHS 1120: So You Want to Change the World: Foundations of Community Engagement (M/W 2 - 3:15 pm)
EDLF 2050: What the Innovators Do: Strategies to Transform the Lives of Youth (T/Th 11 am  - 12:15 pm)
EDHS 2840: Introduction to Youth and Social Innovation (T/Th 2 - 3:15 pm)
EDHS 2895: Minding the Mind: Engaging Youth in Learning (T/Th 9:30 - 10:45 am)
EDLF 4080: U.S. Education Policy (T/Th 9:30 - 10:45 am)

Application Due Date

February 1

Course Overview

Competency Requirements (6 credits) Credits
First Writing Requirement 3
Second Writing Requirement (EDHS 2950: Advocating for Youth: Making Your Ideas Matter or course that meets the College's Second Writing Requirement 3
Area Requirements (36 credits)
Humanities 12
Social Sciences 9
Cultural Literacy (choose one) 3
- EDHS 1120: So You Want to Change the World: Foundations of Community Engagement
- EDLF 3240: Multicultural Education
- EDLF 3460: Race and Identity in Youth Development
- EDLF 4610: Civil Rights Movement and Education
- EDLF 5700: Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity in Youth Development
Natural Sciences & Research Methods
Required: Statistics (3 credits) in any school or program
12
Electives (choose from across the University) 42
Major Courses (23 Credits)
EDHS 2840: Introduction to YSI - Fall 3
EDHS 2895: Minding the Mind: Engaging Youth in Learning (with field work) - Fall 3
EDLF 1200: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Social Innovation - Spring 3
EDLF 3000: Research Design for Social Innovation with Youth - Fall 3
EDLF 3150: Intro to Child Growth and Development - Fall or Spring 3
EDLF 3170: Intro to Adolescence - Spring 3
(EDHS, EDIS, or EDLF) 4995: Directed Research (Research Lab) - Fall 1
(EDHS, EDIS, or EDLF) 4995: Directed Research (Research Lab) - Spring 1
EDLF 4000: Dream It, Design It, Do It: YSI Capstone - Fall 3
Major Restricted Electives (7 credits)
Fieldwork with Youth (choose one) 3
- EDHS 2891: Issues Facing Adolescent Girls - Fall (with spring commitment)
- EDHS 2889: Fostering Leadership in Teenage Boys - Fall (with spring commitment)
- EDIS 3452: Designing Games for Learning - Fall
- RUTR 3340: Books Behind Bars - Fall or Spring
Policy and Applications (choose one) 3
- EDLF 2050: What the Innovators Say: Strategies to Transform the Lives of Youth - Fall
- EDHS 3055: Development and Prevention of Youth Violence - Spring
- EDHS 3100: Media Socialization, Racial Stereotypes and Black Adolescent Identity - Spring
- EDHS 3610: Immigrant Youth and Families - Spring
- EDLF 4080: U.S. Education Policy - Fall
- EDLF 4610: Civil Rights Movement and Education
Fieldwork or Research Lab Continuation (choose one) 1
- EDHS 2900: Practice in Community and Youth Engagement - Fall or Spring
- (EDHS, EDIS, or EDLF) 4995: Directed Research (Research Lab)

Sample Jobs After Graduation

Potential Careers & Employers

Embark on a career doing meaningful work with or on behalf of youth. With its dual emphasis on rigorous academic preparation and innovation skill-building, the program prepares graduates for careers in both the private and nonprofit sectors serving children and youth. Students in this program develop critical thinking skills to analyze social, cultural, and educational challenges facing youth today, programs and policies intended to address these challenges, and the design, implementation, and evaluation of next-generation youth programming. Students graduating from the program will be well prepared to provide leadership, management, research and evaluation services to youth-based and youth-serving organizations.

Potential Employers:

  • child welfare/family services
  • colleges/universities
  • community centers
  • educational corporations
  • government agencies
  • juvenile justice system
  • mental health agencies
  • office of elected official
  • physical health organizations
  • policy organizations
  • public schools (teaching license required for teaching positions)
  • religious organizations
  • social service agencies
  • think tanks
  • youth agencies and associations
  • youth development organizations
  • youth services
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php

Student Spotlight

Amy Scheel
Undergraduate
Youth & Social Innovation

For her idea to increase visits to historical sites by introducing new technology, Amy Scheel was a semi-finalist in the 2014 UVA Entrepreneurship Cup.

Contact Us

Edith “Winx” Lawrence
winxlawrence@virginia.edu

Locations Offered

  • Charlottesville

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