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Youth Equity Learning Cohort

The Youth Equity Learning Cohort is an opportunity to gather with peers to engage in deep reflection. Learn about our role as youth workers and our responsibility to offer high quality programs that are responsive, culturally relevant and rooted in equity and justice. We will learn to analyze youth programs through an equity lens, and focus on improving youth worker practice to advance equity.  

The cohort is for teams of 2-3 people from organizations that offer out-of-school time youth development programs. It runs for eight months starting in September and includes an equity observation and analysis at Wilder’s Youth Leadership Initiative. Each organization will receive one technical assistance consultation or check-in meeting and discussion.

Goals of the learning cohort

  • Increase the cultural competency of adults working with youth in out-of-school-time programs.
  • Increase youth worker skills that will elevate equity.
  • Increase adults’ knowledge about what equity means to young people and examine how to break down barriers.
  • Incorporate equity practices into youth programming.

2019-2020 teams

We are delighted to announce the 17 youth-serving organizational teams that will take part in our 2019-20 cohort. Nearly 50 cohort members will reflect and learn about their role as youth workers and their responsibility to offer high-quality programs that are responsive, culturally relevant and rooted in equity and justice. Together they will learn to analyze youth programs through an equity lens. They will focus on improving youth worker practice to advance equity. They come from:

Questions? Contact Nou Yang, nou.yang@wilder.org, 651-280-2451 or Kate Walker, kcwalker@umn.edu

The Youth Equity Learning Cohort is funded by the Howland Family Endowment for Youth Leadership Development. The Wilder Foundation’s Youth Leadership Initiative staff and youth facilitate.

Reviewed in 2019

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