White Paper Overview:
This paper discusses the Centennial Generation – youth born after 1997 – and the critical role that out-of-school time providers must play in preparing a new generation of leaders fully equipped to thrive in a world that is diverse, global and interconnected. It highlights several key dynamics of Centennials, and the importance of building teen youth development strategies that use voice, choice, access and passion as ways to engage and empower Centennials with essential 21st century leadership skills and abilities:
1. Ideation and Problem Solving
2. Leading and Following in Teams
4. Digital Literacy
5. Social-Emotional Skills
It offers key guidance for out-of-school time professionals, and for all leaders interested in developing high-caliber leadership programs for teens and young adults. It concludes with an overview of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s five-strategy approach to enhancing teen membership, outreach and engagement.