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									Extension Council Youth Leadership (ECYL) Topic #1 County Extension Councils are a Youth-Adult Partnership

Produced by the Council Leadership Development Committee ― Missouri Council Leadership Development - a partnership of the Missouri Extension County Council Leadership Council and University of Missouri Extension (c) 2007 University of Missouri Board of Curators University of Missouri Extension does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran in employment or program. Funding for this project was made possible by a grant from the Surdna Foundation and the National 4-H Council.

Extension Council Youth Leadership (ECYL) Topic #1

Learning Objectives:
• Define youth-adult partnerships and relate the concept to the County Extension Council.

• Be able to name some of the benefits of YAPs to youth, adults, and organizations.
• Identify the County Extension Council’s goals for youth/young adult participation.

• Name the stages of YAPs, including which stage the Council is in.
• Understand how to do ongoing selfassessment related to youth/young adult participation.

County Extension Councils are a Youth-Adult Partnership

What Do You Think of When You Hear the Term Youth-Adult Partnerships?

Youth-Adult Partnerships

Youth-Adult Partnerships (or YAPs) are based on the idea that young people and older people can work together in meaningful ways to get things done.
YAPs involve: • Youth and adults share responsibility and power. • Youth and adults share decision-making. • A new way of looking at things.
Excerpt from Building Community Toolkit. (2001). Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development: Tacoma Park, MD. http://www.theinnovationcenter.org.

Youth-Adult Partnerships
Some Guiding Principles
• Develop equal
partnerships between youth & adults

• Focus on assets, not
deficits

• Identify and use the full
diversity of local resources

• Build on the work that
groups and communities have already done
Excerpt from Building Community Toolkit. (2001). Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development: Tacoma Park, MD. http://www.theinnovationcenter.org.

St. Louis Gateway Arch Construction 1963

http://www.nps.gov/jeff/architecture.html

Partnership

Youth
http://www.nps.gov/jeff/architecture.html

Adults

Your Extension Council a Youth-Adult Partnership

http://www.nps.gov/jeff/architecture.html

County Extension Councils are a Youth-Adult Partnership How a Youth-Adult Partnership is like the Arch Construction Process:

• Pouring of foundation • Building readiness with youth and adults separately (setting sections in place) • Dropping last section in (starting to work together) • Give and take (adults and youth)

County Extension Councils are YAPs
What benefits do YAPs have for… • • Youth? Adults?

•

Programs/Organizations?

County Extension Councils are YAPs
Stages of YAPs
Building Readiness Planning & Visioning

Implementation

Change & Sustainability

Excerpt from Building Community Toolkit. (2001). Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development: Tacoma Park, MD. http://www.theinnovationcenter.org.

County Extension Councils are YAPs
Building Readiness • Gaining an accurate understanding of how your council views itself, its role, its future. • Recognizing what your council contributes to youth development and what youth contribute to the council. • Preparing youth and adults for working together on councils.
Excerpt from Building Community Toolkit. (2001). Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development: Tacoma Park, MD. http://www.theinnovationcenter.org.

County Extension Councils are YAPs
Visioning & Planning • Discussing youth/young adult participation and deciding which path your council will take. • Creating a shared vision for youth/young adult participation among council members and youth advisors alike.
Excerpt from Building Community Toolkit. (2001). Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development: Tacoma Park, MD. http://www.theinnovationcenter.org.

County Extension Councils are YAPs
Implementation • Using successful techniques for facilitating meetings and involving youth. • Setting the context for how the council will work together. • Working for early wins and visible successes to gain trust and recognition from youth and adult members.
Excerpt from Building Community Toolkit. (2001). Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development: Tacoma Park, MD. http://www.theinnovationcenter.org.

County Extension Councils are YAPs
Change & Sustainability • Taking stock of changes in the council’s attitudes, styles, and structures. • Identifying strengths in how the council engages people of different ages in decisionmaking. • Locating opportunities for increased sharing of leadership.
Excerpt from Building Community Toolkit. (2001). Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development: Tacoma Park, MD. http://www.theinnovationcenter.org.

What Stage is Your Council In?

What Stage are You In?

Please Complete the Self-Assessment (see “Explore Your Ideas: Discussing Youth Involvement”)

County Extension Councils are YAPs
Action Step… • Record what benefits the council sees YAPs will have for youth, adults, and council decision-making. • Discuss the results of the self-assessment. • When will the council repeat the selfassessment or use the organizational assessment to track progress?

Extension Council Youth Leadership (ECYL)
County Extension Council Training Module
Produced by the Council Leadership Development Committee  a partnership of the Missouri Extension County Council Leadership Council and University of Missouri Extension http://extension.missouri.edu/extcouncil/training/ Funding for this project was made possible by a grant from the Surdna Foundation and the National 4-H Council.


								
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