In Pennsylvania Humanities Council article, EHD YSI professor Valerie Adams-Bass discusses how the humanities prepare youth for civic engagement.
PHC's Teen Reading Lounge has run in 79 libraries across the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to the original program structure, PHC has also launched special Teen Reading Lounge pilots that focus on engaging youth from diverse and low-income backgrounds, as well as providing ways for teens to meaningfully contribute to their communities and participate in civically focused activities. Through our efforts to continuously improve programming, PHC has built relationships with expert consultants such as Valerie Adams-Bass.
Valerie Adams-Bass is a developmental psychologist who earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She focuses on adolescent development. Dr. Adams-Bass is an Assistant Professor of Youth and Social Innovations in the Department of Human Services at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. She is a faculty affiliate with the Youth-Nex Center to Promote Effective Youth Development in the Curry School of Education at University of Virginia and an affiliate faculty member of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative with the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.
Valerie has helped PHC understand how the humanities and the higher order thinking skills associated with the humanities can prepare underserved youth to participate in a larger civic and political arena. She shares some thoughts on these topics in the following post.