Youth Development Programs

Children are under greater pressure than ever and need youth development programs adapted to them to benefit from increasing the level of optimism and happiness, lowering the level of aggression, and raising compassion and empathy, thus helping children solve their own conflicts.
In every field of development, there are stages that follow in a certain order. Some children do not go through all the steps included in a developmental stage (for example, a child can walk without having previously crawled). When a child jumps over certain steps, it means that he has a level of abilities that allow him to move on to the next step.
A field of development cannot be thought out and evaluated separately from each other since any acquisition in a development area supports the others. The child who has the physical ability to hold the pencil in his hand will be able to draw a “flower,” thus developing the language: he will want to show his parents’ drawing and talk about it, he will feel important for his success.
Children have different developmental rhythms. The development is from simple to complex. Each stage of development involves learning some skills. As the baby develops, most newly learned behaviors are more complex than previous ones, and they require another degree of precision. For example, at first, the child will stand on all fours. Then he will develop his balance and will stand upright. When he wants to go, he will have to have the ability to keep his / her balance in the “standing” position using an alternative leg movement. In order to be able to run, the child also needs the ability to coordinate knee bending and the use of the leg muscles to change the center of gravity of the body.
The way of individual development depends on the innate and environmental characteristics.
Children are born with opportunities to learn different skills in all areas of development, but they need interaction with their environment to activate these skills. In this case, youth development programs should offer proper settings.
Youth development principles refer to:
• The development of the child is determined by a permanent relationship, in which all the developmental needs are satisfied simultaneously. Usually, this relationship is created with the mother, then with the other family members (who are the familiar environment), then with people outside it (the kindergarten is an environment that has a relevant role in the development of the child).
• Harmonious and balanced child development becomes essential in a world where technology addiction is steadily rising, workplaces are increasingly sedentary, food is based on fast food, and the media promotes the sensational deviant behaviors. It is increasingly difficult for parents who want a healthy (physical, psychic and emotional) education for their children to find solutions to the problems of the society we live in.
• Involvement in educating the little ones of grandparents, teachers, healthy entourages and even governments through various educational programs has an increasingly important role in the process of learning and perceiving the surrounding world.
Youth sports development brings a lot of benefits regardless of whether it is made by a 3-year-old or an octogenarian. Besides the benefits that the athletes gain from physical point of view (strengthening muscles, bone, and joints, maintenance of circulatory and respiratory devices, development of nervous system, etc.), there are benefits in mental development (sports require concentration, attention, design of an action plan and respect, etc.) but also emotional (the effort triggers the release of “positive” hormones in the body, practicing a sport is an excellent method of getting rid of everyday stress).
Youth development is encouraged by visits to museums – As I said above, the little ones need a harmonious development that includes varied experiences. Museums are great places to find new things! Shared information is put in an interesting light that captures the attention.
Exercising other sports – Children’s minds work differently than adults. The way to teach children is more effective if methods involve diversity and educational games. Good-mood is essential in the learning process. Attracted to everything new, Understanding and practicing other sports is extremely exciting but also very useful for children.
Competitions are the culmination of practicing a sport. Athletes have the opportunity to use the techniques and knowledge they have gained in training in a situation as close to reality as possible. For this reason, for children, participation in competitions is primarily intended to accommodate emotional situations (struggling in a noisy atmosphere, scandals of colleagues and parents, numerous audiences, focusing attention, all “biting” for managing stressful situations later) and only secondly to achieve performance. As long as the little ones like what they do, the performances will come by themselves!

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