What Is Self Management?

A youth’s ability to make choices, take positive risks and persist through life’s challenges.

Why Does Self Management Matter?

Increased self management correlates with longer-term outcomes such as higher grade point averages and standardized test scores, fewer suspensions and expulsions, and improved social development (Bandy & Moore, 2010).

How Can Programs Boost Self Management?

Prioritize Young People: Express to youth often that you expect them to try hard and do their best.

Facilitate Peer-to-Peer Engagement: Make sure your program includes opportunities for youth to work together in groups with other youth they’ve never met.

Coach Young People to Set and Achieve Their Goals: Help youth set personal goals and create plans to complete them. Encourage youth to take risks and push themselves and try activities/projects, especially when something was hard. 

To Watch

To Read

  • Harvard Business Review | “Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure” http://ow.ly/I4SE30aapkO 
  • Quartz | “The 2 story plots that teach kids to build resilience”: https://qz.com/871998 
  • Quartz | “The Stanford professor who pioneered praising kids for effort says we’ve totally missed the point”: https://qz.com/587811  
  • STAT | “One reason young people don’t go into science? We don’t fail well”: http://bit.ly/2nGdoOb  


Associated Research

Bandy, T., & Moore, K. A. (2010). Assessing self-regulation: A guide for out-of-school time program practitioners. Research-to-Results Brief, 2010-23.

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