Recruiting Members and Partners
- Recruiting Youth
- There exists a set of promising strategies to attract and sustain youth participation in out-of-school time (OST) programs. It begins with an examination of the typical levels of participation in many programs and the reasons youth give for staying or leaving these programs. Next, it describes common incentives and barriers to participation. Finally, the brief proposes a set of promising strategies for attracting and sustaining participation in OST programs.
- This overarching manual presents strategies to create a youth-adult partnership, retain youth membership and utilize youth input into action. It was created as part of the Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan.
- Identifying Organizations/Partners
- This toolkit provided by the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Adolescent Health lists ways to identify, attract and retain strategic partnerships within communities that can aid in a youth-adult partnership’s mission.
- ACT for Youth is an organization that hosts an online depository of positive youth development materials providing tips and talking points for identifying and collaborating with various community sectors including businesses, faith communities, families, health care providers
and policy makers.
- This toolkit from the University of Houston provides numerous icebreakers and activities designed to help youth and adults talk about diversity in a meaningful way. Included are facilitation tips and objectives for each activity.
- The Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas’ Community Toolbox details ways to increase and maintain membership and provides real-world examples of successful efforts.
Caring Adults and Mentors
- The Search Institute’s work on developmental relationships is based upon five elements: expressing care, challenging growth, providing support, sharing power, and expanding possibilities. The document expands on each element and provides tips for youth and adults to deepen their understanding of each other. (Note: To access document, you must first enter your email.)
- This primer from the Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan provides an overview of strategies to make your organization youth-friendly in relation to direct services, meeting spaces, marketing and feedback strategies.
- The Washington Youth Voice Handbook provides detailed insights into incorporating youth voice into organizations as well as an exhaustive list of youth empowerment resources.
- The Sierra Health Foundation provides an excellent overview of the importance of youth leadership as well as a list of best practices in developing young leaders.
- The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Being Y-AP Savvy toolkit details how organizations can acquire core knowledge about working with youth and how to apply it within their organization and programs in a meaningful way.
Evaluation and Quality Management
- Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) allows for youth to aid organizations in performing original, field-level research that can form a basis for a youth-adult partnership’s mission and enhance its overall impact within their communities. The Institute for Community Research’s curriculum provides organizations with the tools to adequately conduct YPAR.
- The Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas’ Community Toolbox provides organizations with a wealth of resources related to conducting community needs assessments, promotion, and implementing community-based interventions and programs.
- The Tri-Ethnic Center’s Community Readiness Handbook lays out ways for organizations to assess community readiness to address a targeted issue and strategies for turning results into a strategic plan.
- The Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas’ Community Toolbox offers organizations detailed guidance on how to effectively tailor promotional efforts across a variety of platforms including traditional and electronic media.
- The State Adolescent Health Resource Center of Minnesota’s Framing Adolescent Health Webinar Series allows organizations to learn from a former advertising executive about ways to successfully structure media content to maximize impact. The webinar series is geared towards adolescent health staff in public health systems but the content can be applied to a variety of organization types.
Meeting Tips and Activities
- ACT for Youth has a number of facilitation guides covering meeting logistics, facilitation
andsituational response techniques.
- This primer from the Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan provides an overview of strategies related to defining roles for youth, planning meetings appropriately and defining goals for new groups.
- The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health has developed a framework that measures an organization’s strengths and weaknesses relating to sustainability across eight factors such as adaptability and community integration. Resources include an overview of the framework, a self-assessment based upon the framework, and more information on sustainability.
- The Youth Leadership Institute compiled a number of activities to be used with groups that help develop sustainability efforts.
- The Department of Health and Human Services provides a clearinghouse of research and literature related to positive youth development.