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Working Group > Youth Development

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Member Campuses  |  Resources  |  Organizations  |  Issue Briefs

Foundation Staff:  Christen Foell


Member Campuses link to campus issue profile and lead contact name with email address


Resources training & educational resources  |  readings  |  websites, blogs, etc.

See these websites to search for educational resources and other links:


Regional & National Organizations  current or potential partner organizations


PolicyOptions.org Issue Briefs

  • National Issue Brief
  • Local Issue Brief(s)




 Summary of Campus Issue Profiles 

 Types of Service  |  Academic Work  |  Education & Training  |  Capacity Building  |  Deliberative Democracy 


Specific Issue Areas

  • After-School Programs
  • College Access and Preparation
  • Leadership Development
  • Life Skills
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention/ Parenting Support
  • Youth Service Involvement 
  • Vocational Training and Job Programs


Types of Service   short-term  |  ongoing school year  |  summer

One-time and Short-term

  • Athletic programs, like Hoop Skills Academy connecting urban youth with basketball coaching
  • Service-learning projects in First Year Seminars
  • One-time visits with local Youth Centers and shelters
  • College tours and visits, such as "Otter Club Day"
  • Youth Service and Leadership Summits and Conferences
  • Service Days, like Service Saturdays, or other events involving youth programming


Ongoing School Year and Site-based Teams 

  • Curriculum-based programs in schools (e.g., self-esteem, civic engagement)
  • Parental involvement programs
  • Athletic programs (e.g., swimming lessons, coaching, camps)
  • Mentoring programs focused on youth empowerment, teen pregnancy prevention, and other goals
  • Animal therapy programs (horseback riding, Mountain Hopes)
  • School success programs with tutoring and other educational elements


Advocacy and Direct Action

  • Literacy education ('Reading is Leading')
  • Truancy Boards
  • Town Hall Meetings and Forums oriented around youth empowerment and development


Summer and Other Service

  • Summer Institute for Active Citizenship
  • Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools - Internships
  • Upward Bound programs
  • Summer Camps 


Academic Work   courses  |  service-learning  |  CBR and policy research   |  departments and institutes

Courses and Programs of Study

  • Civic Engagement Minor (youth development focus)
  • Cross-disciplinary youth development programs
  • Freshmen Experience Courses
  • Citizenship & Social Change
  • Theme-oriented service-learning courses 


Departments and Institutes

  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Ethnic Studies
  • History
  • Math
  • Music
  • Peace Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Theater


CBR and Service-Learning Projects

  • Need specific examples of youth development related CBR and S-L projects 


Education & Training   forums  |  workshops  |  reflection activities

  • Some campuses have structured series of discussions, such as 'Learn and Learn' focusing on related issues


  • Utilize community partners in this area to create a series of trainings and workshops offered in the community for students and other volunteers


  • NPR's This I Believe series has essays that were written by youth and the process can be replicated with youth in other settings 


  • Other ideas mentioned were:
    • Project Serve
    • Teaching a framework for understanding poverty
    • Teaching the Commons


Campus and Organizational Capacity-Building   training  |  fundraising  |  resource development

  • Some campuses have participated in or helped foster the creation of state-wide consortia or events


  • Some campuses have worked to implement policies that also involve youth (students) in the college's functioning and decision-making, such as through roles on boards 


  • Some campuses have created workshops on capacity building topics, such as fundraising, grant writing, and organizational development, for non-profit agencies and their staff


  • Some campuses have created and implemented fundraising campaigns for youth and/or involving community youth (Penny Wars, Coin Wars, Habitat for Humanity Fashion Shows, etc.) 


Research, Policy Analysis, Deliberative Democracy   evaluations  |  policy research  | issue forums  |  advocacy

  • The National Issues Forum model can be used to plan and implement campus and/or community deliberative democracy forums; they offer relevant topic guides such as under the topic Children and Families


  • University of New Mexico has a unique model for educating youth to play roles with creating and advocating for policies on the state level - Civic Engagement Corps


  • Stetson University has a good model for youth empowerment started with the CAUSE organization


Contacts   staff  |  faculty  |  students  |  community partners (local, regional, national)

  • Add names and emails 


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