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Youth Civic Engagement & Leadership

Developed by ChildFund International, this manual provides an extensive overview of youth civic engagement literature and concepts as well as provides case studies in two international programs.  The manual also provides resources and activities which youth professionals can use when implementing civic engagement and leadership at their programs.

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The Medicine Chest

The Medicine Chest is a compilation of multidisciplinary, standards based lessons and background information on how the improper disposal of unwanted medicines can be harmful to people, pets, and the environment. Through use of this instructional resource, students will serve as “agents for change” providing useful information about medicine disposal to family members and various community sectors. Can be used in more informal educational settings, such as after-school clubs or after-school programs.

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Youth Leadership Initiative

The Youth Leadership Initiative at the University of Virginia Center for Politics is dedicated to increasing civic engagement by providing teachers with the best civics education materials and programs. This website provides free, fully downloadable lesson plans, games and other resources to use with youth to understand and participate in democratic institutions.

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Youth-Adult Partnerships in Community Decision Making - What Does It Take to Engage Adults in the Practice

Making it Work.  A Guide to Successful Youth-Adult Partnerships.

A practical guide to establishing and maintaining youth-adult partnerships.

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Building Effective Youth Councils.

This publication provides case studies of youth agencies that successfully organized youth to engage in organizational change, as well as identifies key strategies that are common across the agencies studied.

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Youth-Adult Partnership Rubric.

A rubric and tool for assessing the level of youth-adult partnerships at a range of levels and dimensions.

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YELL Leadership

YELL programs are run directly by community-based organizations and schools. This 200+ page manual offers a broader, more flexible vision of leadership that plays to different strengths, improving the likelihood that youth will engage in their communities in meaningful and authentic ways.

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Toolkit for Creating Youth Advisory Councils.

Game Changers: Establishing a Youth Advisory Council toolkit. A step-by-step toolkit to guide you in developing a youth council. This guide will walk you through some key concepts, planning tools and resources to help you get started.

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A handout that provides a rationale for creating youth-led organizations, along with challenges and recommendations.

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Photovoice Project:  An Evaluation Report.

A guide that demonstrates how to engage youth in an approach to inquiry called “Photovoice,” a participatory approach that can provide more concrete data about programs to share with stakeholders, reflects youth and community voices, and identifies strengths and areas of concern.

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Washington Youth Voice Handbook.

This handbook explores the definition of Youth Voice, common misconceptions about Youth Voice, the Principles of Youth Voice, the Cycle of Youth Engagement, and barriers to YouthVoice.  it also discusses how to work with diverse youth.

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Storytelling at its Best – Three Impactful Approaches for Producing High Quality Media that Captures Authentic Youth Voice

This handout describes how to incorporate youth voice by creating youth-produced communications strategy. In addition, it provides strategies for programs to have authentic youth voice as well as production quality.

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Creative Ways to
Solicit Youth Input

This guide provides strategies and suggestions for how to gather youth input for program improvement efforts.

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