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Year: 2017

Learning Youth, Family and Community Sciences in Costa Rica

This year, the NC State Youth, Family, and Community Sciences graduate program is extending students the opportunity to expand their horizons by traveling abroad. The program now offers a short-term study abroad session enabling students to gain an international experience in Costa Rica, observing and working with non-profit, community-based programs that address youth, family, and[…] Read More

Building Networks and Friendships in Online YFCS Programs

Networking is key to success. Relationships built during graduate school can become lasting networks that help with professional development, social support and even job placement. Some people perceive online education as isolating or devoid of opportunities to make friends or find networks. In NC State’s Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Online Program, this is not[…] Read More

Research, Extension, and Academic Collaborations at Work: The Preventing Obesity By Design (POD) Program

It takes a village to raise a child, so it’s no wonder that partnerships and community outreach are the hallmarks of successful family science initiatives. In academia, and especially in land-grant universities, these partnerships are critically important. The best programs to educate and support children and families are created by blending research, academics, and outreach[…] Read More

Many Directions for Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Graduates

When pursuing a program through NC State Youth, Family, and Community Sciences (YFCS) Distance Education, many students wonder what prospects they have following graduation. There are actually numerous avenues a professional in YFCS may pursue, and in this month’s YFCS Online Blog, we look at four past graduates and the different sectors they have entered.[…] Read More

Family Systems: Understanding the Roles Within Families

In last month’s blog “Can Family Science Improve Community Development? Absolutely!”, we discussed community development and a systems approach to education in that field. This month, we ask what are family systems, and what do family roles have to do with it? In this month’s Youth Family and Community Sciences (YFCS) Online Blog, we look[…] Read More

Can Family Science Improve Community Development? Absolutely!

When students start their educational journey in the Youth Family and Community Sciences programs at NC State, they often seek a career that will help them improve the lives of families and communities. Before these students get started in their course study, they are most likely community-minded people who think about the relationships of individuals[…] Read More

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The Relationship Between Leadership and Working in Positive Youth Development

Many students who complete programs through NC State in Youth, Family and Community Science (YFCS) have a passion for serving youth, and often find themselves working in the field of Positive Youth Development. This field requires more than just technical knowledge and a formal education. Positive Youth Development work requires an exceptional level of leadership[…] Read More

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