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Youth Engagement Matters: Self-guided online course

This online course is based on the Rings of Engagement, which shows the range of youth engagement and youth-adult partnerships. It teaches four ways to engage youth:

  • Participation in programs.
    Youth work: YEM model
  • Fostering individual passion through experiences and activities.
  • Creating space and place for youth voice in programs.
  • Collective action to make change with youth and adults as partners.

How it works

  • Go at your own pace (without a facilitator) through five modules that take about 30-60 minutes each. Additional time spent on activities will vary.
  • Learn on your own time. Unlimited 24-hour web access to the self-guided curriculum.
  • Videos and activities help you take concrete ideas back to your program for every day use.
  • A certificate for completing the 4-hour training is available at the end of the course.

You will

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Rings of Engagement structure.
  • Explore case studies with models and ideas for your program.
  • Learn engagement strategies for working with young people.
  • Understand that "youth engagement is a lifestyle, not a method."



Free, but registration is required.

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