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Youth Development and Summer Camp Experiences

Posted by Steve Robertson on Apr 11, 2018 4:09:15 PM

Steve_robertson_gen_z_podcastListen to Steve on this weeks episode on the Nice Guys on Business Podcast.  Steve is a business leader, expert on students and Gen Z, and CEO of JKCP. On the Podcast, hear a Q&A with Steve and get insight about Camp culture and the importance of creating a fun learning environment. They also discuss Gen Z and what parents and businesses can learn from the next generation.  Listen Here for the full interview or look below for an overview of the discussion. 

  • Camp Culture and lasting friendships - Camp provides a unique setting which allows kids social opportunities grow in a way they aren't able to at home. Kids at camp are often like minded and it's a space where kids are all trying to discover who they are. As a result, camp cultures are created and friendships are formed that often last a lifetime.  
  • Why is the unique "camp environment" not in the school system?  The short version - red tape! "Changing the school environment is like turning around a tank." 
  • What are you learning From Gen Z? - we define them as 7 to 21 years old. Parents want to understand their children and stay connected with them. They are now taking more selfies and learning from this generation.  For the first time, students are being mentored by peers around the world instead of by the generations before them. 
  • What have you been able to apply in the world from learning from youth? - The culture of a business can determine behavior.  Businesses need to decide what their culture is and be proactive about creating a culture that is impactful. Organizations can use culture to unite different generations and backgrounds. The culture has to reflect the customer and as a result will attract those customers.

About Steven Robertson: Steve Robertson is the CEO of Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs (JKCP), an organization specializing in youth-to-adult programming that turns curiosity into passion and skill. He has been with JKCP for 18 years. In this role, his primary responsibility is to cultivate a culture that results in memories lasting a lifetime for their participants and staff. Steve oversees 20-plus programs and camps ranging from cooking and sports to pre-college academics and more — attracting participants from all over the world. JKCP partners together with highly esteemed institutions such as University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Villanova University, and even the NFL! Steve is an expert on youth development and education as well as understanding and adapting to youth. His experience comes full circle from being the business leader and establishing the culture of the camp to helping the students in the programs prepare for their future careers.

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About the Authors, Nice Guys on Business: At first listen, it may not sound like they are talking business, but there is no denying the Nice Guys (Doug Sandler and Strickland Bonner) know their audience. If you are an entrepreneur and tired of hearing the same old rah rah static babble on all the other business podcasts out there, it’s time for a breath of fresh air. Relationships, honesty, trust and integrity build business today and that’s what the Nice Guys are all about. Top industry experts interviewed, behind the scenes. Sometimes raw, sometimes explicit, always fun and informative. 

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Topics: Generation Z, For Parents



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