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    Youth Development & YouthYouth Development & Youth

    LeadershipLeadership

    Definitions & OutcomesDefinitions & Outcomes

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    National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment2

    Presenters:

    Patricia Gill, Senior Project Manager,

    National Youth Employment Coalition;Member, NCWD/Youth

    Mindy Larson, Project Manager,

    National Youth Employment Coalition;

    Member, NCWD/Youth

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    About NYEC

    National membership organization

    Organization of organizations Promote practices & policies that work for

    youth employment

    Build capacity of programs & organizations

    Provide & support professional development

    Track, craft, & influence policy

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    NCWD/Youth Mission

    To ensure that youth with disabilities

    are provided full access to highquality services in integrated

    settings in order to maximize their

    opportunity for employment andindependent living

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    COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

    Center for WorkforceDevelopment, the

    Institute forEducationalLeadership

    Disability Studies &Services Center, theAcademy forEducationalDevelopment

    National Conference

    of State Legislatures

    National YouthEmployment Coalition

    National Associationof Workforce Boards

    National Center onSecondary Education& Transition, the

    University ofMinnesota TransCen, Inc.

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    Why this session?

    NCWD/Youth believes, based on research

    All effective youth programs have youthdevelopment at their core

    Effective youth initiatives focus on a wide range of

    developmental needs

    Youth development encompasses youthleadership

    Effective youth leadership programs should build

    on youth development principles and objectives

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    What You Will Find in this Training

    Session

    Definitions of Youth Development &Youth Leadership Importance of Youth Development &

    Youth LeadershipOutcomes & Activities for the Five Areas

    of Youth DevelopmentOrganizational & Programmatic

    ComponentsResources/Handouts

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    Definition of Youth Development

    Adapted from NYEC and NationalCollaboration for Youth

    Youth development is a process whichprepares young people to meet thechallenges of adolescence and adulthoodthrough a coordinated, progressive series ofactivities and experiences which help them tobecome socially, morally, emotionally,physically, and cognitively competent.

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    Definition of Youth Leadership

    Based on Adolescent Employment ReadinessCenter, Childrens Hospital

    Two-part working definition of youth leadershipYouth leadership is

    (1) The ability to guide or direct others on a courseof action, influence the opinion and behavior of

    other people, and show the way by going inadvance (Wehmeyer, Agran, & Hughes, 1998);

    and

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    Definition of Youth Leadership,

    Part 2

    (2) the ability to analyze one's own strengthsand weaknesses, set personal andvocational goals, and have the self-esteem tocarry them out. It includes the ability toidentify community resources and use them,not only to live independently, but also to

    establish support networks to participate incommunity life and to effect positive socialchange.

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    Youth Development Program

    Outcomes

    Increased self esteem, positive peer relations, and

    sense of personal control

    Better development of leadership,

    communication, and decision-making skills

    Increased dependability and job responsibility

    Greater communication in the family

    Fewer psychosocial problems (i.e., loneliness,

    shyness)

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    Youth Development Program

    Outcomes

    Increased academic achievement

    Increased safety

    Increased motivation to succeed

    Increased positive health decisions

    Decreased involvement in risky behaviors (I.e.,

    tobacco, alcohol and drug use)

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    Why is Leadership Programming

    Important to Youth with Disabilities?

    Assists young people to become self-sufficient

    and productive members of society Assists in the development of advocacy (self-

    determination) skills Fosters making informed choices

    Experiences success Exposes youth to role models and leaders withand without disabilities

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    Youth Development Programming

    Areas

    The range of youth development outcomes can beorganized into five developmental areas:

    Working

    Learning

    Thriving

    Connecting Leading

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    Working

    The development of positive occupational and

    career attitudes, skills and behaviors through

    activities that offer the chance to practicetechnical and soft skills needed to maintain

    employment

    Some activities supporting Working:

    Job shadowing

    Internships

    Entrepreneurship

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    Activities that Support Working

    Visiting education and/or training programs Completing a mock job-search and interview

    process Writing a resume Interviewing representatives from specific

    industries

    Attending workplace behavior workshops Developing a forum for networking Visiting industry sites Small business project

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    Learning

    The development of positive basic and applied

    academic attitudes, skills, and behavior

    To develop higher aptitude for academic skill, and

    the ability to approach endeavors with a strategy

    to achieve

    Some activities supporting Learning:

    Formal and informal skills assessment

    Identification of learning styles and difficulties

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    Activities that Support Learning

    Peer tutoring activities

    Access to testing preparation classesGroup problem-solving activitiesDevelop a formal learning planAccountability for grades Showcase of work highlighting a learning

    experience Service-learning projects

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    Thriving

    The development of attitudes, skills andbehaviors demonstrated by maintaining

    optimal physical and emotional well-being

    Some activities supporting Thriving:

    Peer workshops on nutrition and hygiene

    Community resource mapping Conflict management skill-building

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    Activities that Support Thriving

    Health-related workshops

    Role-playing activities Personal and peer counseling

    Meal planning/preparation activities

    Social activities requiring communicationDirectory of community resources

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    Connecting The development of and maintaining of positive

    social behaviors, skills and attitudes through

    relationships with elders, family, peers,supervisors, and community members

    Some activities supporting Connecting:

    Mentoring

    Tutoring Building community networks

    Accessing community resources

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    Activities that Support

    Connecting

    Researching community resources andleaders

    Writing letters and creating videos forfriends and family

    Attending job and trade fairs

    Role-playing interviews Participating in team-building activitiesOlder to younger youth mentoring

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    Leading The development of positive skills, attitudes, and

    behaviors around civic/public involvement and

    personal goal setting Some activities supporting Leading:

    Registering to vote

    Volunteering

    Peer mediation activities

    Youth advisory committees

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    Activities that Support Leading

    Developing a personal plan

    Creating a map of local youth resources Participating in town meetings

    Planning a program activity

    Participating in a local issue debate Participating in a letter writing campaign

    Meeting with local officials

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    Organizational Components Common youth development programs can be

    divided into organizationalandprogrammaticcomponents

    Organizational Components:

    Clear mission, vision, and goal

    Staff trained in youth development

    Obvious connections to the community Relationships with other youth-serving groups

    Youth involvement at all levels

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    Programmatic Components

    Varied, hands-on, and experiential learning Youth involved in developing and implementing

    activities Opportunities for youth to succeed Opportunities to take on various roles Family involvement

    Interaction with mentors and role models Education on community & program values &

    history

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    Disability Focus

    Additional program components may be included in

    youth programming for youth with disabilities such

    as: History and culture of disability

    Knowledge of laws, policies, & rights

    Role modeling and mentoring by persons with and

    without disabilities Knowledge building of community-specific

    resources for persons with disabilities

    Ongoing assessments for independent living

    Self advocacy skill building

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    TYPES OF PRODUCTS AND

    RESOURCES

    How-To Guides Information and Policy Briefs Backgrounders Facts and Stats Hot Topics Syntheses Funding Sources Training Materials

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    Contact

    NCWD/Youth & NYEC

    NCWD/Youth: www.ncwd-youth.info

    1 - 877 - 871 - 0744 (toll free)1 - 877 - 871 - 0665 (TTY toll free)

    NYEC: www.nyec.orgPh. 202 - 659 - 1064

    Contact: Patricia Gill, pg@nyec.org

    http://www.ncwd-youth.info/http://www.nyec.org/mailto:pg@nyec.orgmailto:pg@nyec.orghttp://www.nyec.org/http://www.ncwd-youth.info/

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