Positive Behavior Supports: Strategies for Youth and Community Involvement Cindy Baumgartner, 4-H Youth Development Specialist Jeffrey Macomber, 4-H Youth Development Specialist Strategies for Youth and Community Involvement Identify status of youth and community involvement. Examine resources available to support involvement. Give examples of meaningful involvement within the PBS framework. Identify specific roles for youth and community partners. Highlights from Module 1 Four Basic Needs of Youth. Barriers to Youth and Community Participation. Benefits of Youth, Adult and Community Partnerships. Assessments from Module 2 Inventory of Adult Attitudes and Behavior. (Loftquist and Miller, 1989) Youth Involvement Assessment. Community Partnerships and Sustainability Assessment. PBS Vision Identify clear expectations for all youth and adults in all settings. Model, teach and reward these expectations. Help community members understand and support the diversity of students. Establish consistent language and behavior within the school and community. Our Goals Build capacity at all “system levels” (individual, family, school and community). Strengthen meaningful youth and community involvement. Review Assessments from Module 2 Inventory of Adult Attitudes and Behavior. Youth Involvement Assessment. Community Partnerships and Sustainability Assessment. SWOT Analysis Strengths Weaknesses Opportunity Threats SWOT Analysis Strengths What are the positive things you have going for your school? What ways are youth involved? What works? What ways are community partners involved? What is enjoyable? SWOT Analysis Weaknesses What factors, within the control of the group, are hurting your efforts? What limits youth involvement that could be changed? What obstacles face your team that the group could influence? What distracters do you have control over involving community partners? SWOT Analysis Opportunities What resources are available to your group? What are some exciting possibilities for your group to share the PBS vision within the community? What are the ways youth can have input, influence and/or decision making roles within the PBS framework (school and community)? SWOT Analysis Threats What are possible issues that may affect the outcome of your efforts that are often out of your control? (e.g. concerns about the funding or the local community) Does your PBS initiatives have a defined purpose and measurable outcomes? Examples of Meaningful Community Involvement Development and distribution of brochures and posters to local businesses, encouraging them to use a “PBS Approach” in their setting. Integration of PBS strategies within after-school programs, specifically in conjunction with juvenile court liaisons. Utilization of PBS strategies during summer day camps that took place throughout the community. Examples of Meaningful Youth Involvement Development and distribution of posters depicting how the core values would look at various businesses. Students meet with media to share what PBS is and what is happening in the school and community. PBS Youth Leadership Teams formed; youth help develop booster sessions for reinforcement of positive behaviors. Now What? Your team will… • brainstorm • discuss • plan • prioritize one strategy you will implement! Identify Specific Roles for Youth and Community Members Handout: Action Plan: PBS Youth and Community Involvement Questions to Discuss… • Do community partners know about PBS and what it means? • Have you invited community community partners to become involved within the PBS framework? • Have PBS expectations already been used in other settings? • Dream…What are some things your team would like to do? • What strategy will you employ? • How will it get done? Further Questions to Discuss… What outcomes can be identified from the SWOT analysis for youth and community involvement? How will youth and the community be involved? What are their roles? What resources and strategies are needed for their involvement? What is the timeframe to achieve your objective? How will you know you have achieved your objective?
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