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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 2-4 people from organizations that offer out-of-school time youth development programs. It will run for eight months starting in September (see application for dates). This will include 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

  1. Increase the cultural competency of adults working with youth in out-of-school-time programs.

  2. Increase youth worker skills that will elevate equity.
  3. Increase adults’ knowledge about what equity means to young people and examine how to break down barriers.
  4. Incorporate equity practices into youth programming.

Organizations must complete the online application no later than July 15, 2019. Final decisions and notifications will be made by August 5, 2019. Questions? Contact Nou Yang at nou.yang@wilder.org, 651-280-2451 or Kate Walker at kcwalker@umn.edu

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

Reviewed in 2019

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