Expert on Youth Development
to Lecture at Smith
Dr. Daniel Hart, professor of childhood studies and
psychology and Director of the Center for Children and Childhood Studies at Rutgers
University, will give a talk on the emotional and social development of youth on
Wednesday, April 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in McConnell Hall 103.
Hart’s talk, titled "Successful Adolescents:
Ensuring that Youth in the 21st Century Flourish," is free and open to the public.
The lecture is sponsored by the Office of Educational Outreach, the Department of
Psychology, and Partners in Health (PIH), a collaboration between the Northampton
Public Schools and Smith College.
Hart is a nationally recognized expert on the moral
development and development of personality and social relations among children and
adolescents. He is interested in the creation of long-term, affordable programming
for at-risk youth and is the co-founder of the STARR (Sports Teaching Adolescents
Responsibility and Resiliency) Program. Now in its 13th year of operation, STARR
combines year-round sports, community service, camping and homework support in order
to foster the development of responsibility and resiliency among youth in one of
the poorest cities in America, Camden, New Jersey. Hart is the recipient of national
awards and the author of numerous books and publications.
Partners in Health is an ongoing collaboration among
health educators and counselors at John F. Kennedy Middle School, Northampton High
School, the Northampton Public Schools Department, and Smith College. The program’s
aim is to promote health and wellness among Northampton’s young people.
Examples of PIH programming and community outreach for
Northampton youth include: an ongoing study on alcohol use among high school students
(principal investigator: Byron L. Zamboanga, assistant professor of psychology);
a summer enrichment program to help at-risk 8th-graders transition productively from
JFK Middle School to high school; and a high school peer education program. PIH is
sponsored by a grant to Smith College from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
For more information, contact the Office of Educational
Outreach, 585-3060, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.smith.edu/outreach.