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Exploring the Youth Engagement Frontier Theresa K. Sullivan, Howland Chair, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development Exploring the Youth Engagement Frontier Integrate the work of research and practice pioneers to: Map the territory Identify desirable destinations Figure out how to get there from here The process The youth engagement landscape as painted in the academic and practice-based literature How do they define youth engagement? What do they identify as goals? What do they consider best practices to achieve those goals? What do they say is needed to better achieve goals? The landscape of youth engagement from practitioners’ perspectives How do you define youth engagement? What do you identify as goals? What do you consider as best practices to achieve those goals? What do you to better achieve your goals? Next steps Based on what we’re learning around the state: Target next phase of literature review, re: best practices, tips and “how to”s Observe best practices (people and programs) Develop examples of quality youth engagement in action A second round of Regional Forums in April Provide input into plans for a statewide youth engagement initiative Today’s Agenda Definitions of Youth Engagement Inthe literature Among participants today Around the state Critical elements of quality youth engagement From around the state In the literature From youth What do you need to make it happen? Youth Engagement Means Different Things to Different People To engage is to: Connect to people, places, ideas Participate in an activity Absorb/engross, consume all of one’s attention Attract/hold someone’s attention Enlist someone’s services Take on something YE: End in itself? Or means to an end? Youth PARTICIPATE in activities Youth CONNECT to people, places, ideas YE: End in itself? Or means to an end? Youth YOUTH PARTICIPATE Development in activities Outcomes Youth CONNECT to people, places, ideas YE: End in itself? Or means to an end? Youth Absorb or PARTICIPATE YOUTH ENGROSS Development in activities youth Outcomes Youth CONNECT Attract or to people, HOLD youth’s places, ideas attention YE: End in itself? Or means to an end? Youth Absorb or ENLIST youth PARTICIPATE ENGROSS to help in activities YOUTH youth Development Outcomes COMMUNITY Youth Development Attract or Youth Outcomes CONNECT to people, HOLD youth’s TAKE ON places, ideas attention something YE: End in itself? Or means to an end? Youth Absorb or ENLIST youth PARTICIPATE ENGROSS to help in activities youth YOUTH Development Outcomes COMMUNITY Youth Development CONNECT Attract or Youth Outcomes to people, HOLD youth’s TAKE ON places, ideas attention something How do YOU Define Youth Engagement? “Connect/Participate” “Attract/Engross/Hold” Program ID ________ Program ID ________ Descriptive of current YE? Descriptive of current YE? D C B A D C B A Importance of this type of YE? Importance of this type of YE? 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 “Enlist” “Take on” Program ID ________ Program ID ________ Descriptive of current YE? Descriptive of current YE? D C B A D C B A Importance of this type of YE? Importance of this type of YE? 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 4 How 3 important is it to do this kind 2 of youth engagement? 1 D C B A To what degree does this definition of youth engagement describe the kind of youth engagement currently happening in your program, organization or intiative? Connect/Participate - ALL FORUMS Attract/Engross/Hold - ALL FORUMS 5 5 4 5 10 33 64 4 3 19 44 30 Importance Importance 3 1 9 1 3 1 14 10 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 Current Reality Current Reality Enlist - ALL FORUMS Take On - ALL FORUMS 5 5 4 3 15 30 27 4 10 16 22 22 Importance Importance 3 2 12 17 3 3 8 21 12 3 2 6 3 3 2 8 3 2 1 7 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 Current Reality Current Reality YE Happens Through Many Activities Individual activities (meditation/prayer, art, music, sports, reading, political action) Informal connection (with peers, families neighbors, teachers, pastors, coaches, youth workers) Talking, hanging out Pickup sports Jammin’, slammin’ Helping others Participating in informal social events (picnics, bike parades, “game day,” fire hydrant openings) YE Happens Through Many Activities Organized group activities Academic classes, after school activities Sports teams, clubs, choirs, bands Community service Arts events (concerts, poetry slams, art exhibitions) Youth media Youth research Organizational boards Philanthropy Collective action, problem solving Political advocacy YE Happens in Many Places Homes Organizations Schools Community-based organizations Places of worship Government programs Media organizations Political parties Business programs Community Neighborhood City, county, state Community of affinity National, global community Virtual communities YE Happens in Varying Doses How often (e.g. once a week) For how long (e.g. 3 hour session) Over what period of time (e.g. for the summer) YE Happens With Varying Levels of Youth Initiative/Autonomy Youth initiate, make decisions Youth initiate, adult input Youth initiate, shared decision-making Adults initiate, shared decision-making Adults initiate, youth have input into decisions Adults initiate, make decisions YE Happens to Achieve Many Things Youth Development Outcomes Pscho-social knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors Academic knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors Civic knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors Leadership knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors Organizational Outcomes Enrollment, retention Enhanced absorption Quality opportunities for youth input, decision making, initiation Positive relationships Diversity in all of the above Community Outcomes Changing the landscape/ building the field – Creating more high quality opportunities for all types of youth engagement in all domains (connection, participation, absorption, “taking on”) Social justice Bonding/bridging social capital Clean environmental health Thriving democracy Thriving economy Community Community School Orgs Youth Individuals Orgs Take on Enlist Govm’t Absorb, hold Connect/participate Community Community School Orgs Youth Individuals Take on Orgs Enlist Govm’t Absorb, hold Connect/participate CHANGING THE LANDSCAPE (Building the Field) Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Safety Physicalsafety Emotional safety (openness, respectful environment, trust, equality) Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Variety of opportunities Choices related to content, depth/mode of participation Appealing to different age groups (new challenges available as they develop) Relevant to youth interests and talents Opportunities for creative expression Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Quality programs Authentic, real-life, hands-on learning Clear purpose, intentionality Balance consistency and flexibility Learn, demonstrate specific skills Learning through action/reflection Sense of belonging, acceptance Cultivate personal passion, strengths, meaning Continuous program evaluation/improvement Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Accessible for all Awareness via marketing, public relations Money not a barrier Transportation not a barrier Childcare not a barrier Timeframe is compatible for youth Flexible timing, locations Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Committed, passionate youth and adults Adults see youth engagement as a priority Youth know what’s in it for them and step up to the plate They keep coming back Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Mutual ownership Shared sense of purpose Issues, activities are relevant to both Shared leadership Recognize, realize youth power Youth input, involvement in decisions Youth led, adult guided/supported Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Positive youth/adult relationships Supportive, caring adults Mutual trust and respect Listening to each other, good communication Democratic processes Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Build youth and adult capacities Facilitation of collaborative processes Active listening Allowing, supporting, guiding youth to lead Balancing freedom and structure Education about target issues and root causes Community organizing Political advocacy Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Community support Support from parents, schools, businesses, government, Collaboration across the community (to fully meet individual needs, avoid duplication, identify and fill gaps) Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Achievable goals, sense of accomplishment End product Learned concept Sense of mastery Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Recognition/celebration Mutual appreciation (formal and informal) Celebration Incentives Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Overlap with Positive Youth Development practices Personal safety Strength-based approach Interesting, relevant activities Meaningful roles, opportunities for youth voice and leadership Positive youth/adult and peer relationships High expectations, clear boundaries and consequences Opportunities to build competency, efficacy Opportunities for reflection, expression Opportunities to belong What do you need to make it happen?
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