The Great Plains IDEA youth development program has its roots inPositive Youth Development Rather than focusing solely on corrective measures, a Positive Youth Development approach equips young people in the second decade of life with the skills and opportunities necessary for a successful transition into adulthood. This approach promotes positive outcomes for all youth by recognizing their strengths, fostering positive relationships, and providing youth with opportunities to learn, lead, connect, and serve.
In this program you will learn:
- To interact effectively and positively with youth to promote supportive relationships, youth engagement, and youth leadership.
- To navigate the multiple systems (e.g., family, school, community, policy) that influence youths lives, to appreciate the diversity of these systems, and to engage with these systems to promote positive youth development.
- To design, manage, implement, and evaluate programs to enhance and support positive outcomes for youth.
- To understand theory, research, and policy about youth and youth programming and to use this research-based knowledge in a variety of ways (e.g., funding proposals, program design, policy/advocacy efforts, etc.).
When youth professionals take part in higher education and ongoing learning, research shows that youth program quality improves. You will learn to use more effective practices and feel more confident about your work, all of which will benefit youth.
Our graduates work with various youth-serving organizations:
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
Cooperative Extension services, 4-H programs
Missouri State Correctional Office
21st Century Community Learning Centers
Administration for Native Americans
Family and Youth Services Bureau
Federal Youth Court Program
Learn and Serve America
National Guard Youth Challenge Program
Passport in Time
Preserve America Stewards
Admissions and Requirements
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
Previous work experience
Taken the TOEFL
(Only required if English is not your native language)
A written personal statement
Official transcripts from all previous schools
To apply to this program:
Complete a university graduate application (program code: 7694)
GRE scores are not required if you are a U.S. resident applying to the Master’s Plan B (professional track) program. International applicants must submit GRE scores for the Plan A and Plan B Master’s Program. Send the GRE scores directly to the University. The code for Michigan State University is 1465. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the last 2 years. The code for Michigan State University is 1465.
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