Accomplishments

At YDN we pride ourselves on the work that we do with the communities that we serve. Some of our accomplishments include:

2013

Youth Listening Circles
In 2013, three school districts engaged 100 youth and staff through listening circle forums. Listening circles are a means
 of creating effective dialogue forums for youth to share their experiences, thoughts and ideas around the topic of school climate. YDN strives to create a sense of equality and positive direction by asking effective questions that capture the reality of the current school climate as well as the dominant ideas youth have to strengthen the school climates of tomorrow.

Strengths-Based Development

A key offering in 2013 included training and coaching around Strength Development including:
Group Dynamics--Building a Well-Rounded Team; Leading with Your Strengths; and Strengths Development-Maximizing Youth Potential.
707 youth and adults from over 18 school sites and organizations participated in various direct service and community-based offerings throughout the year. 

Student Leadership 21st Century Youth
Skill Building
6 sessions – 21 school sites – 100 students and adults participated in the program series.  The series helped provide adult advisors with the core skills to facilitate an authentic leadership process with their students. 

2012

Direct Organizational Training and Coaching
Eleven organizations received direct training in 20 12. From California’s far northern corner, Del Norte Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Collaborative to Ubuntu Green’s BHC’s
Healthy Land Use Engagement Project, to El Dorado Hills to Marysville and Arata sponsored River City High School in West Sacramento. Others include Center for Care Initiatives (CCI), Sierra Nevada Journeys, SCOE-STEMS and the dynamic BHC Americorp. 

Strengths Based Institute (SBI) – Community Outreach
In 2011, YDN staff was certified by Gallup as strengths-based coaches. Next, YDN obtained community sponsorship support and began organizational recruitment, accepting applications for the 2012 YDN Strengths-Based Institute. The first SBI took place in February 2012. Nine organizations participated in the 2012 community outreach program. They included; American Legion High School, Asian Resources Inc., City
of Sacramento – Teen Services, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, Pioneer High School – WJUSD, THINK Together – Capital Region, Ubuntu Green, Early Academic Outreach Program UC Davis. The first SBI took place in February 2012. Nine organizations participated in the 2012 community outreach program. They included; American Legion High School, Asian Resources Inc., City
of Sacramento – Teen Services, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, Pioneer High School – WJUSD, THINK Together – Capital Region, Ubuntu Green, Early Academic Outreach Program UC Davis. 

Pioneer High School - Peer Conflict Mediation: 

1 school site – 25 students
Participants learned practical skills to reduce and mediate conflicts within the classroom, school or program (active listening, paraphrasing, I-messages, triggers, etc.), examine conflict mediation models, including peer conflict mediation programs. In 2012 Pioneer High completed

Peer Conflict Mediation with 25 youth and will embark on Peer Mentoring in 2013.