Youth Leadership and Development Skills Training Notes by elfphabet2


									            Youth Leadership and Development Skills Training Notes
          for the Wisconsin Transition Initiative Youth Advisory Board
                    Presented by LeDerick Horne and Jonathan Mooney
                                  November 29 – 30, 2006
                           Wintergreen Resort – Wisconsin Dells

Group Brainstorm – What is leadership or what are the qualities of a leader?
      Fearless – not afraid to take a stand
      Self-control – be aware of how to conduct yourself, you’re a role model
      Strategic – leaders have a plan and goals
      Trustworthy
      Compassionate
      Empathetic
      Non-judgmental
      Vision for the future
      Positive
      Flexible – stay cool under pressure
      Unify people
      ***Guided by a sense of purpose and know how to get others involved

4 Types of Leadership Styles – Which one are you?
Supporter – likes to build relationships and make connections
Controlling – make sure everything gets done, good at making decisions
Analytical – likes details and information
Promoter – get the word out, motivating

3 A’s for Maturing Leadership Style:
Awareness – of leadership style. Have a personal awareness of your style and a sense of others’
Acceptance – of your leadership style. Be comfortable with it and accept others’ styles.
Adjustment – depending on the situation, you may need to adjust your style.

Public Speaking
Be passionate
Use gestures
Be confident (you can build confidence by practicing and being sure you know your stuff)
Be comfortable
Be yourself when presenting
Be credible (by stating your experience, credentials, and knowing your stuff)
Know your audience
Dress appropriately for the occasion
Use humor to relax
Use the unexpected to your advantage (for example, turn a problem with A/V into a humorous
       situation to put everyone at ease.)
Arrive early and make sure your A/V equipment works
Be willing to listen to feedback and have a plan for improvement or evaluating if you’ve been
       effective. If you aren’t willing to use the info – don’t ask.
Be relaxed – you may have or develop a ritual before you go on that will help you relax.

5 Principles of Communication:
1. Reflect on audience
Who might you present to (could be a big audience or one person)? How do you change your
presentation for the audience?)

2. Methodology
How you prepare – it can change or evolve over time. Examples: memorizing, note cards,
outline, write it all out, etc.

3. Purpose of presentation
Need to know what you are trying to accomplish through your presentation. Are you trying to
persuade, motivate, anger, etc. You will deliver your message differently depending on what
you are trying to convey to your audience.

4. Content
Know your content well.

5. Finding your voice/style
Do you like to have a lot of research in your speech or do you prefer anecdotal information?

Group Brainstorm – When do you feel disempowered as a youth with a disability?
      During IEP meetings – too much focus on limitations
      Lack of transportation and overall physical accessibility
      Accessible curriculum
      Scheduling meetings that don’t fit into a youth’s schedule
      Segregated education – being pulled out of class
      Relationships with peers – when you’re the first one picked on in the classroom (by a
       teacher or peers), you’re the first one picked on outside
    Feeling hopeless about the future – need a model for role models (i.e. mentoring
    Lack of education for teachers about what students with disabilities go through – most of
     the time, teachers don’t even realize how they make you feel disempowered or how they
     single you out. Need better pre-service training.
    Not having support in being independent
    Stuck on the medical model – need to focus on strengths
    Don’t know how to speak up for yourself – need more self-advocacy training
    Parents don’t have enough info – they need to know their rights too

Youth Leadership Roles
Youth as Planners – Example: New Jersey’s Dare to Dream (similar to Youth Leadership
Forums). Youth help plan and facilitate the event.

Youth as Trainers – Example: LeDerick worked with Dept. of Education to help plan inservice
trainings. Need to educate youth on a topic enough so they can help train by using the
information and their personal experience.

Youth as Evaluators – Youth have practical knowledge to share that others may not have
though of. Youth can evaluate brochures, websites, programs, etc.

Youth Summits – Example: Youth Leadership Forums. Youth come together to share
experiences, design conferences/trainings, facilitate activities at the summit.

Youth Advisors/Action Councils – Youth give advice to organizations who want youth input.

Youth as Funders – Youth go to organizations to speak about their personal experiences.

Youth as Policymakers – Youth influence and inform rules and guidelines and regulations.

WSTI Youth Advisory Board
To build a 5 year plan that helps guide the board
To do more community outreach
To help shape policy and practice

What do we hope to accomplish, as a board, in the next 5 years?
    Make YLF part of the state system
    Teach young people to be better prepared for transition (may be through trainings,
     videos, webcasts, guide books, etc.)
     Teach youth to be better self-advocates
     Info/Resource sharing – there is no central, youth-friendly place to go for info – the board
      could become the central resource, especially for youth
     Board could provide outreach and mentoring (may want to help replicate the Peer Power
      Mentoring Program around the state)
     Create a DVD/video/web clip of the board members talking about their personal
      experience and how they got involved on the board
     Create a dynamic website – include list of e-mentors, clips of members doing things like
      presentations – don’t have everything on it in writing
     Work on legislation and getting youth to be prepared to be at the table and really
      understanding what is happening
     Board will present their personal story to teachers (through panels or individually)

Manageable Next Steps:
Info gathering to help inform a 5 year plan

Create survey to get uniform info from youth, teachers and parents about what could be included
in a 5 year plan. Youth would lead the activity.

Get information about the Forum for Youth Investment Group that Steve Gilles and Sue Allen
are part of. This group will be working on legislation for youth development that includes youth
with and without disabilities. The board needs to figure out the time commitment and if they
want to be involved. Jenny Gilles will represent the board at the Dec 18th meeting in Madison.

Get a blog or listserv set up.

Board members will have conversations with youth, parents, and teachers by mid-January and
will post their conversations to the blog. The board will then determine if a survey is still

Board members will be on panels for CESA presentations starting in the fall to talk about their
personal experiences.

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