Monday, August 11, 2008

#58: A Service Learning Resource for Grant Writers

To what extent do participants in joint activi...Image via WikipediaYouth Service America has just published a pdf handbook Effective Practices for Engaging At-risk Youth in Service While it's specifically addresses service-learning, I think the principles are on-target for any youth program. I'll keep them in mind when I write any youth development grant.
  • Principle 1: Design an outreach strategy that includes at-risk youth.
  • Principle 2: Create a “home base” with adults who themselves have once been identified as at-risk. Many of them have “been there and done that.”
  • Principle 3: Convey a philosophy of change and both short- and long-term goals for the youth participants and the community.
  • Principle 4: Identify issues that connect to these youths’ experiences and explore the causes of each of the risk factors
  • Principle 5: Create youth and adult teams since each can learn from and contribute to the growth of others.
  • Principle 6. Build youth and adult capacity since each can serve as leaders.
  • Principle 7: Continue to provide these youth with supports to manage daily life stressors, such as family dynamics, relationships and school.
  • Principle 8: Sustain access and influence by continuing to develop links to other community organizations that can expand opportunities for meaningful participation of all youth.
The handbook is a good compendium of information and a quick read. I recommend it.
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