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Youth equity learning series

In this monthly series of stand-alone workshops, youth workers and young people will learn how to address inequities at the programmatic, organizational and institutional levels. The final event will focus specifically on the role of youth workers.

A team of youth and adults developed this series, which is framed around five strategies to advance equity in youth programs. These free sessions will feature local youth and youth workers and will be held in community spaces on 2019-20 school release days.

Upcoming events

Save these dates-registration coming soon

  • Jan 17: Youth Participatory Action Research and Data Justice, YOUthROC and others
  • Feb 18 & 19: Youth as Facilitative Leaders Training, Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth
  • Mar 6: TBD (possibly a panel of institutions that are operationalizing youth equity)
  • Apr 10: Re-imagining Youth Worker Roles to Advance Youth Equity, Nou Yang of Wilder’s Youth Leadership Initiative, the Youth Equity Learning Cohort and others

This series is led by a team of young people and youth workers representing these organizations:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth
  • Hennepin County Library
  • Science Museum of Minnesota’s Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center
  • Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
  • Wilder’s Youth Leadership Initiative

If this series interests you, join our Youth Equity Learning Cohort!

We are committed to hosting equity learning sessions across Minnesota. We are looking for youth programs and practitioners doing amazing work to advance equity. If you have suggestions for local presenters or topics for your region, please contact Kate Walker at kcwalker@umn.edu.

The youth equity learning series is funded by the Howland Family Endowment for Youth Leadership Development.

Strategies to advance equity in youth programs

co-created by practitioners and young people

 

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Respond to youth-identified needs

Change practices of assuming that adults know what youth need.

 
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Expose histories to unpack identities and practices

Uncover untold histories to identify how they currently affect our society, youth youth workers and practices.

 
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Reconstruct the platform to redistribute power to youth

Move from youth as customers or participants toward youth as partners and leaders.

 
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Institutionalize inclusive practices

Embed inclusive practices in existing institutions so that inclusivity becomes normalized in our society.

 
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Prioritize accountability to youth and their communities

Shift program accountability to include expectations from youth and community.

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