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!