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All in-person Extension meetings, events and classes are canceled through Friday, May 15.

Youth Engagement Matters

This 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:

Youth work: YEM model
  • Participation in programs.
  • 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.

Who should attend

Managers, direct service providers, part-time staff and volunteers who work with youth.

Participants can expect to

  • Review and discuss case studies from programs with high youth engagement models and strategies.
  • Reflect on critical readings.
  • Discuss why youth take part (or don't take part) in programs, and how the youth engagement program models and strategies work in programs.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Rings of Engagement structure.
  • Make engagement plans for working with young people.
  • Understand that "youth engagement is a lifestyle, not a method."
  • Network with colleagues
    There are no upcoming events. Check out other youth development events.
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