Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Event Christmas silveira kindegrten and preschool 11/29/2016

Went to an event that that my internship threw they had a concert at a local  church in portsmouth called st baranbis church in which alll three class sang to to three christmas songs. First the tolddlers sung jingle bells, then the  two nad three year olds sang must be santa,. Then the 4 and 5 year olds sang we three kings, away an the manjors. It was so cute to see all the kids sing even though mostly heard the adults singing. This relates to the article i just read for the class historical development of youth develpopment programs it speaks about helping children meet there poetentional and basic needs. Kids who depend on thier parents, orpahned children or children who have behaviroial problems. Just like the internship im in, but it differnt in the snese it teaches kids curriculim  material but it also teaches the kids basic things, like washing hads had to write color draw, cognitive skills, fone motor skills.
No picturees were allowed to be taken of their children there was no persmission slip out for that.

Christmas carols

Youth Skills


strinign it all together

I have learned how to be a greta leader i have learned ways to keep kids engaged by using ice breakers, and midfulness activities.  Youth devlopment is geared towards  areas in low income areas where children have single pareent family homes who may need a place to go while there parents are working youth spaces like ymca or the boys and girls club help  those parents in need. This article does help  me undertsnads why i chose this major because ,i do want to help the kids in lower income areas, who may not have the resources as a stduents in a wealthy area.
Youth development is a program in which youth workers help kids become great leaders through purposful play, mindfulness activities and homework help. Ways in which youth workers work in afterschool programs, before school programs, dcyf centers with kids. Yputh devlopment progarms are usualy nonprofit  such as YMCA, Boys and Girls clubs, Martin Luther king center, food banks.
Youth spaces

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

center for reslience

Center for resilience is  great program that teaches skills to students who may be struggling academically who may have a hard time paying attention, or are hyper in gives them the skills and tools they need in order to be successful students and leader in the classroom. Some of the students they showed had a hard time or were mean and bullies and after they used some of these techniques they became better leaders. I think by using techniques like this to how students there is different ways to take out your anger or stress by deep breathing activities making water globes with glitter, making stress balls. I think this is a program that should be introduced to more schools all around.
Stress management Anger Management activities

Thursday, November 3, 2016

president of RIC speech in Alger 110 / Event 1

During the president speech it was set up like a question and answer he would allow students to ask the questions then he would answer. Some of the major themes and topics that students raised concern to were having more parking spaces for people who commute back and forth to school because there are non and commuters end up leaving there house an hour early to find a parking spot they don't end up finding one the they end up 10 minutes late to class. Another big topic was about not having enough advertisement for what The school represent they are known for their teaching program but students felt like it isn't advertised enough.  Also being inclusive with students who may be are of the LGBTQI community there was concern from a student about not having enough gender neutral bathrooms for people to use. A major topic was making teachers aware of students with learning disabilities giving them training on how to better work with them during the class time without breaching that students confidentiality. Finding a convenient location where all students who need extra time can go and instead having to walk on the other side of campus to do their tests. last big topic discussed was inclusiveness with student parents there a concern about not enough events that specially include bring your family on the flyer it makes student parents unwelcome and uncomerftable to go to events. I think the president did  a very good job responding to each individual students concern he kept saying they are in the process of looking at each individual issue they have a massive strategic plan they are now creating in order to get the changes into effect. I believe there will be change because he does seem to really care about making a great community on campus. This kind  reminds me Of youth In action where every students wants their voice to be heard and their concerns to be addressed and changed; just like the students at youth in action they go to the program because it a safe space where they can engage in conversation with their peers about concern in their community that they may want to see changed.  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

election 2016

My question is why was Donald trump chosen as  one of the candidates?
what makes me shy away from voting is because  I am not well informed on politics I have not much idea how it works. I am very aware of the issues going on in the world that need to be changed  there is  so many issue that go beyond words. For the candidates I am well aware of each of them in my opinion Donald trump is the most outlandish, racist, sexist person I have ever seen the words that come out of his mouth are disgusting and outlandish, he is more focused on making Hillary look bad. She has flaws and has made mistakes but to me she is better equip mentally to be a president. I don't like to get to much into it because the thought of him becoming president makes me not happy.
 This election alienate me because one of the candidates Donald trump I just do not like. I know the only way to change this so his doesn't win is to vote. stuck in a position where I do not know what I am going to do.
What is going to happen to the future of are youth?
Will this election change possibility of low income students not being able to go to school?
What happens to those with out health care?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

context mapping

context mapping is a way to figure out who you are your interests, where you fit in and how you identify to things in your life, weather it be religion, groups, or friends to the clothing you wear. Antwon was testing Julian friendship to see if he was really down to prove he was one of his good friend by having him watch out for teachers so he could vandalize the bathroom walls. he also had him draw on the walls because he knew he had great drawing skills. That is a form of  peer pressure, a point in time where youth are trying to figure out what crowd they fight in sometimes they feel obligated to do what a friend tells them because they want to be cool and fit in.

Forced closed identity: when  person see things as one way only and doesn't expand their options due to limited experiences to different ways of viewing to do things.

Identity moratorium: when a person  curiously takes interest in roles, and belief, or relationships and behaviors but does not actually stick to them.

 Achieved identity: when a person finally finds their identity and who they are and want to be and they are highly proud of who they are who they chose to become.

My Context Map:

Family: My mom, my brother, my sister, my nana
Social Media: Facebook, Instagram: Family, friends, old high school teachers
College: Senior, Major YDEV, Concentration Youth and the Arts

Thursday, October 6, 2016


My ideology was  risk, resiliency and prevention based on this survey it says I am going to be a youth worker that is going to be their to protect children from negative, I am going to help encourage youth to talk about problems going on in their communities come up with ideas to change the communities. Although this survey said this is the type of youth worker I will be I don't  agree with everything it said. I do want youth to have a space where they can talk about the things that they would like to see in the community change. When it say that we are trying to be problem solvers. me personally i guess it is a little problem solving by trying to come up with ideas to better the communities but at the same time in not trying to change the students in the community.   I am  an advocate to them and giving them skills and tools they need to create better communities.  As a youth worker I want to encourage them to be the best they can be and give them tools and knowledge to do that I also want them to have a platform where they lead but I also I lead with them so it is equal.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


  1.  implicit theories
  2. adolescent development as social construction
  3. co construct
  4. pedagogies
  5. conscientious
  6. scaffolding
  7. proximal development
  8. constructionist metaphor
  9. interpyschological development
  10. transparent negotiation

  1. Mom
  2. Nana
  3. Aunt
  4. brother
  5. uncle
  6. sisters
  7. teachers
  8. cousion
  9. friend

My mom is definitely the person who has helped me write my story. She is my best friend we talk to each other about pretty much everything. Starting when I was little she instilled me to respect other says please and thank you, to not speak when other are speaking. As an adult when I feel like I can't do something, or I tell her I am nervous she pushes me and encourages me to do it. When I feel like im stuck she always says to keep going. I am the person I am today because of her if I didn't have her to guide me in my life I don't know who or where I would be today.
Narrative writing

Social Development

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Color Blind Or Color Brave

During the ted talk melody touched made various arguments about the difference in being color blind or being colored brave. First thing she talks about was a time she was 7 she went to a birthday party where she was the only person of color and when she got back her mom  didn't ask her normal questions  like how was it? or did you have fun? instead she asked her, how did they treat you? because they always don't people good. She was confused on why her mom was asking her that she didn't see color she just saw everyone as  a human being. Melody then goes on to say the first key in solving a problem is not to hide from it but bring awareness to the situation. She uses an example her and her friend hosted editorial lunch party for Harold. they said their here for the launch. the lady asked where their uniforms assuming they were the help. she says to her friend don't you think there need to be more than one black person in the us senate. Then goes on to say people do not like to talk about the uncomfortable topic of race. The only way to get over the topic be uncomfortable is to talk about it. people may think talking about race is the right thing to do in fact it  is just the smart thing to do. She talks about steps we can take to change the way things are one she says to observe your environment and the people in it. Invite people into your life who may not have the same interests as you or they may not look act or dress like you. Doing that you can gain insight and perspectives of  others. Her arguments she making is to say there is a problem going on and nothing is being done that us as humans and Americans ignore it act as it doesn't exist even though it is right in our faces.

My experience with this is as I said in my last blog  when I went into a store and I was looking in a aisle for 10 minutes deciding on what I wanted I got asked if I needed help finding anything, they were assuming sense I didn't have anything in my hand I was going to steal. That is a form of stereotyping. She talks about being color brave and not color blind, I have friends who are white black, Spanish think that comes from growing up in a diverse town and going to school with diversity around me.

YIA  is  good antidote for invisibility because it is a place where the kids go  and they speak on those uncomfortable conversations that no one else wants to talk to about and they bring awareness to those situations and from there it becomes a conversation that will be talked about and be heard. Just like melody says it may not be something we want to talk about but it is something that has to be talked about.

Uncomfortable Conversation

Sunday, September 11, 2016

YIA Model

In The article, A world where youth hold the power,  many different perspectives were presented. The Youth In Action program helped them have a voice and let their stories be told. These stories were all different but at the same time what every student was looking for was to be heard to make changes. For every student who attend YIA they all sais the same thing this program was a place where they can speak their minds, they feel that it is a safe community where they could be themselves and they knew no one would judge them. Every adult or teenager who goes attends YIA program brings something different to the table they are all their because they want to speak on various topics in which they would like to see change; for some it's speaking about equality for people of color, for others it religion, or equality for gay marriage.
I  feel the YIA model resonate with me as a youth, sometimes I feel like people judge or stereotype me when I am in a store because I am taking a while to pick out want; most of the time I get asked if I need help finding something and it bothers me. The YIA model helps with leading youth because it is there stage and platform to speak on their issues they would like to see changes in their community it a place they can feel safe. As Youth workers we need to make sure youth feel like the space they are in is safe environment in which they can speak freely;we need to help boost their confidence so they can become great leaders and help make their wants become a reality.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

charaterisitics of youth work

Youth work is  a social practice, in which youth workers give the students  social skill tools to help them be able to start conversations with their peers, way to get students comfortable with one another. Youth workers help encourage youth with personal, educational, and social development, enable them to find their voice and encourage them to be strong leaders.Youth work is also about changing inequality meaning making a platform for underrepresented youth  to  speak out on changes they would like to see be changed in their community; or what tools they need in order to make their community better as a whole. The majority of youth work is soley based in Welfare communities who are lower to poor class students who may not have acess to certain things because they can not afford them.
Some examples of my own experience of youth work, goes back to calcultt middle school this is a prime example that fits in to many of the characteristics of youth work. We worked with these kid in small groups on team building activities in which, they had to talk to their peers in order to complete their tasks which helped them break out of their shells. We used ice breaker games in which each of them had a values and meaning at the end we would ask them what they learned from the game. When they would tell us about an accomplishment, we would congratulate encourage them to keep on that good path because hard work comes success. These students at this middle school are a prime example of underrepresented minorities.
I also did  one my practicum at Robert L. Bailey elementary school in providence. Where I tutored kids in 3rd grade and we worked on their reading and math skills everyday. This kids were underrepresented as well this school was in a low income area. In this case I was tying to help them become  strong leaders but more focused in helping them become successful students.

About me

My name is Kyanna Ratkowski, I am a senior, my Major is Youth Development. I worked at Henry Barnard summer camp. During the summer I also went to times square new York for a day with my mom it was her first time there. We went to the Ripley's believe it or not museum which  I found very interesting because there was so many facts about people and different cultures that I did not know before. During my free time I like to go tan at the beach, listen to music, go for walks during I also like hanging out with friends in my spare time.

I Like to concerts this was Big Sean concert a year ago

Love going to hang out with my brothers cats!

I Love Taking walks at Sachuest Point Park trail in Newport

Sandy point beach is my favorite!