Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement Learning Community (YELC):
The YDN has developed a three day youth engagement institute that trains teams of youth and adults on how to create youth adult partnerships, how to engage youth in the community as change agents and how to put into place organizational practices that enable ongoing youth engagement within the program or organization.

Youth listening Circles:  Create an effective dialogue forum for youth to share their experiences, thoughts and ideas around the topic of school climate. This unique experience affords youth with the opportunity to share their feelings and perspectives with key stakeholders as a means of using youth voice to inform policies and procedures.

Youth Participation 101:  Examine Youth/Adult partnerships, the benefits and challenges to YD partnerships, and the continuum of youth participation. Define adultism and examine your beliefs around youth and youth engagement. Explore strategies to engage youth and also look at what needs to be in place organizationally to support youth engagement.

Project Based Learning/Service Learning Projects/Community Service:  Depending on the request, this training will emphasize either project-based learning or service learning. Both processes are very similar, with a somewhat different emphasis.  Participants will look at the service learning/PBL research, understand the continuum of community service, service learning and learn how it relates to civic engagement and social activism. Learn the process/steps of the youth developframework and service learning/community service/PBL projects. Examine ways to integrate curriculum and arts into service learning projects and look a t rubrics to measure impacts of the experience.

Peer Programs General Intro:  This workshop covers how to set up peer programs, defines peer programs, defines the kind of support and training needed for peer programs to be successful, and examines various peer program models. 

Peer Education Programs: After the introductory course on peer programs, this works hop focuses specifically to what needs to be in place to set up peer education programs. Review different models and learn skills that are needed to implement and train youth to be peer educators. Examines pitfalls and challenges you may face in running these programs and brainstorms solutions.

Setting up Peer Mentoring Programs:  After the introductory course on peer programs, this workshop focuses specifically to what needs to be in place to set up cross-age mentoring programs, mentor/mentee recruitment, training of students, operational issues, and monitoring.

Conflict Mediation:  Learn practical skills that you can teach youth 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.

Youth as Civic Activists:  This more advanced youth participation class looks at different models of youth civic engagement; specifically, how to set up a youth council or advisory committee, steps to having youth do community research, and strategies around supporting youth to become involved in advocacy and community change work/ social justice.

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