The Youthhood provides a comprehensive set of online activities to help youth
with various learning styles to engage with and assimilate material on a personal
level. We feel this type of learning will be attractive to many youth, including
those with and those without disabilities.
Note that registration is required to access the interactive features (see Registering Youth). We do not withhold any content material from youth who choose to not register – they simply will not be able to access the My Youthhood features.
"My Youthhood" Activities (registration required)
The Youthhood site has over 120 online activities integrated into the curriculum that youth can complete, save, and return to at any time, from any computer. These include online questionnaires to guide their learning and development, True/False quizzes to test their knowledge, online journaling to help them reflect personally, and goal-planning tools to help them set and achieve goals. They are all available from the My Youthhood menu which youth see when they log in (right sidebar).
Youth registered on the site may (links lead to pages written for youth):
- Write in their Private Journal. This is an online journal for youth to write their private thoughts
and ideas as they work their way through the Web site. We consider these private and confidential and will not provide Guides with access to these entries.
- Test their knowlege in their Activities Folder. Activities that correspond to each content area and serve to reinforce
what youth learn. We do not currently provide Guides with access to these entries, however we plan to in the near future.
- Set goals in their Life Map. This is a goal-setting tool to help youth plan for the future as they explore the Web site. For youth with disabilities, the Life Map parallels
the Individual Education Plan and can be used transition planning meeting
preparation by young adults. We currently provide Guides with access to view/comment on these entries.
- Reflect on content in their Class Notebook. This is an area for youth to reflect
on each content section of the Web site. Youthhood Guides can give youth an assignment
to write in their Notebook about what they learned on a certain topic. We currently provide Guides with access to view/comment on these entries.
See more about working with these various online activities in Activities.
Guides Can View and Comment on Specific Activities
Once you and your youth complete your registration and group membership process, you as their Youthhood Guide are able to view and comment on your youth's entries in the Life Map and Class Notebook (the Activities Folder will soon be available for you to view and comment on, as well). Youth can then, in turn, read your comments and make changes to their entries, as needed. See more in Viewing & Commenting on Entries.
Youthhood Polls (registration required)
In addition to the My Youthhood pages, registered youth can also vote on Youthhood Polls, featured on the homepage of the site. Youth can provide comments about their answer and view the responses and comments of other youth, as well. See more in About the Youthhood Poll.
Links to Fun and Educational Web Sites
In addition to offering our own interactive features, we link youth to online activities and informative Web sites elsewhere. We provide a listing of related Web sites in two areas for
youth to explore more about specific content:
- Youth browsing through the content pages are given links to related Web sites (often with online games and quizes) to explore.
- Youthhood Guides using the curriculum are given additional Web site links to either learn more about a topic for themselves, or to consider sharing with their youth, if appropriate.
Registration is not required to access these links.