Youth-Driven Programs Workshop

In 2011, I facilitated a seminar for the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development on Youth-Driven Programming. More than 30 people from across the region attended, including organizational leaders, program directors, AmeriCorps members, and others. Here’s the workshop outline.

How to Develop Youth-Driven Programming Outline

Section One: The Basics of Youth Driven Programming

  • Key Terms
  • How Do I Perceive Youth?
  • Cycle of Engagement

Section Two: Making Youth Driven Programming Meaningful

  • Goals of Youth Driven Programming
  • Ladder of Youth Involvement
  • Who and How?
  • Locations for Youth Driven Programming

Section Three: Supporting Youth Driven Programming

  • Scaffolding Youth Driven Programming
  • Barriers to Youth Driven Programming
  • Assessing Youth Driven Programming
  • Planning Youth Driven Programming

I had an excellent learning experience. I led participants through the Cycle of Engagement, and much more. Here’s a teaser of what I shared, and here are the handouts from the workshop with a lot more information.


CommonAction staff is available to train on Youth-Driven Programming and much more! 
Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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