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Monday, March 16 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Lessons from the College Classroom: Building Social-Emotional Learning Skills in Young Adults & Our Camp Counselors

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Each summer, individuals aged 18-22 become camp counselors, which entails the adult-like responsibilities of rational decision-making, prioritizing others’ needs, and role modeling. Young adulthood (i.e. late adolescence) is the stage when individuals navigate the transition to adulthood by accepting more significant responsibilities, learn the full consequences of poor decisions, and manage multiple tasks with limited direction. Recent discussions surrounding staff mental health and behavioral challenges prompt us to reflect upon young adult’s developmental needs in different environments. Camp administrators encounter similar challenges with their staff that professors experience the nine months prior. Experiences gained from teaching and mentoring young adults can serve to broaden one’s understanding of the developmental needs that may influence their work behaviors, particularly as camp counselors. As a result, modifications to teaching and mentoring strategies sought to address young adult’s developmental needs while still holding them accountable for their work. These strategies differ from the original managerial strategies I employed earlier in my career, which could have enhanced my effectiveness as a camp administrator. This session will focus on identifying strategies to address young adult social-emotional learning skills (i.e. self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making) so they may form positive relationships with campers and role model appropriate attitudes and behaviors.

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Megan Owens

Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University
Dr. Megan Owens is an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration at Western Illinois University. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign specializing in youth development practices in the Department... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm PDT