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Title: Building a Youth Development System in Your Community


1
BUILDING A YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM IN YOUR
COMMUNITY
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce
Development Rutgers, the State University of
NewJersey National Youth Employment Coalition Sar
Levitan Center for Social Policy Studies Johns
Hopkins University
May 2000
2
Building a Youth Development System An Overview
Youth Development Concepts Principles A Youth
Development System Definition Menu of
Services Essential Characteristics System-Buildin
g Processes Strategies
3
Youth Development is...
the process of moving from adolescence to
adulthood. Positive youth development builds a
young persons cognitive, social, moral,
emotional, physical and vocational competencies.
4
Youth Development has...
  • a dual focus on building competencies for
    adulthood and meeting basic developmental needs
    for
  • Safety and structure
  • Belonging and membership
  • Self-worth and an ability to contribute
  • Independence and control
  • Several nurturing relationships
  • Competence and mastery

5
Principles of Youth Development
  • Communicate high expectations.
  • Build a sense of group membership.
  • Develop leadership ability.
  • Foster a sense of personal identity.
  • Broaden perspective develop skills.
  • Provide structure and safe surroundings.

6
Principles of Youth Development(contd)
  • Focus on the centrality of work.
  • Cultivate positive peer support.
  • Connect youth with caring adults maintain the
    continuity of contact.
  • Offer sustained supports over an extended period
    of time.

7
A Youth Development System
  • Definition
  • Menu of Services
  • Essential Characteristics

8
A Youth Development System is...
a series of partnerships or connections among
organizations to plan and deliver a menu of
services based on youth development principles.
9
Youth Development SystemMenu of Services
  • Learning options
  • Work experience
  • Skills development
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Counseling and support
  • Connections to
  • Good jobs
  • Post-secondary education

10
Youth Development SystemEssential Characteristics
  • Unified vision and strategic plan
  • Active participation of youth in shaping the
    system
  • Individual service strategy for each young
    person
  • Coordinated access to all services
  • A follow-up capacity
  • Information sharing
  • Effective case management system
  • Accountability system with a continuous
    improvement mechanism

11
The Challenge
How can community partners work together to build
a youth development system?
12
First Steps
  • 1. Recruit and convene the key
    stakeholders in the community
  • Build on previous, existing or
  • evolving collaborative efforts, OR
  • Form a new group

13
First Steps
  • 2. Garner political support. Work closely with
  • Local elected officials
  • Municipal, county and state
  • government organizations and
  • agencies

14
First Steps
  • 3. Create a shared vision
  • Who are the youth to be served?
  • What is the purpose of the youth service system?
  • What does the system hope to accomplish?

15
First Steps
  • 4. Collect and use data and information for
    decision-making
  • What are the characteristics of the youth in the
    community?
  • What do they want? What are their experiences?

16
First Steps
  • 5. Map and assess community services and
    resources
  • Services
  • What services are currently provided?
  • Who provides them?
  • Where are they located?
  • How effective are the services?
  • What are the gaps in service?
  • What is the capacity of the service providers?

17
First Steps
  • 5. Map and assess community services and
    resources (cont)
  • Resources
  • What are the total employment and training
    resources?
  • What are the total resources?
  • Who controls them?
  • How flexible are the resources?
  • Are there additional resource opportunities?

18
First Steps
  • 6. Develop a strategic plan
  • Identify the goals that will be met
  • Develop strategies to achieve goals
  • Create a timetable or action plan
  • Articulate roles and responsibilities
  • Establish accountability procedures

19
System-Building Techniques and Tips
  • Use the Youth Council as a community
    collaborative for leadership, planning,
    leveraging resources, implementation and
    oversight.
  • Keep all partners actively engaged.
  • Identify customized strategies for working with
    employers, the school system, and post-secondary
    institutions.

20
System-Building Techniques and Tips
  • Overcome turf issues and institutional
    barriers.
  • Clearly define partner roles.
  • Use existing resources creatively.
  • Provide consistent leadership.
  • Create a system of neighborhood hubs to reach
    out to and engage youth.

21
System-Building Techniques and Tips
  • Identify or develop an intermediary to work
    with employers.
  • Design and implement a capacity building
    strategy for technical assistance and provider
    development.
  • Build systems and relationships incrementally.
  • Think BIGbut start smallbut START.

22
One Last Thought..
Always remember that the challenges you are
facing are not more difficult than the lives of
the many young people on whose behalf you are
working. Karen Sitnick
Baltimore Office of
Employment
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