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1 Youth Development & Youth Leadership Definitions & Outcomes

2 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 2 Presenters: Patricia Gill, Senior Project Manager, National Youth Employment Coalition; Member, NCWD/Youth Mindy Larson, Project Manager, National Youth Employment Coalition; Member, NCWD/Youth

3 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 3 About NYEC National membership organization Organization of organizations Promote practices & policies that work for youth employment Build capacity of programs & organizations Provide & support professional development Track, craft, & influence policy

4 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 4 NCWD/Youth Mission To ensure that youth with disabilities are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings in order to maximize their opportunity for employment and independent living

5 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 5 COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS Center for Workforce Development, the Institute for Educational Leadership Disability Studies & Services Center, the Academy for Educational Development National Conference of State Legislatures National Youth Employment Coalition National Association of Workforce Boards National Center on Secondary Education & Transition, the University of Minnesota TransCen, Inc.

6 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 6 Why this session? NCWD/Youth believes, based on research All effective youth programs have youth development at their core Effective youth initiatives focus on a wide range of developmental needs Youth development encompasses youth leadership Effective youth leadership programs should build on youth development principles and objectives

7 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 7 What You Will Find in this Training Session Definitions of Youth Development & Youth Leadership Importance of Youth Development & Youth Leadership Outcomes & Activities for the Five Areas of Youth Development Organizational & Programmatic Components Resources/Handouts

8 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 8 Definition of Youth Development Adapted from NYEC and National Collaboration for Youth Youth development is a process which prepares young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences which help them to become socially, morally, emotionally, physically, and cognitively competent.

9 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 9 Definition of Youth Leadership Based on Adolescent Employment Readiness Center, Childrens Hospital Two-part working definition of youth leadership Youth leadership is (1) The ability to guide or direct others on a course of action, influence the opinion and behavior of other people, and show the way by going in advance (Wehmeyer, Agran, & Hughes, 1998); and…

10 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 10 Definition of Youth Leadership, Part 2 (2) the ability to analyze one's own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem to carry them out. It includes the ability to identify community resources and use them, not only to live independently, but also to establish support networks to participate in community life and to effect positive social change.

11 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 11 Youth Development Program Outcomes Increased self esteem, positive peer relations, and sense of personal control Better development of leadership, communication, and decision-making skills Increased dependability and job responsibility Greater communication in the family Fewer psychosocial problems (i.e., loneliness, shyness)

12 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 12 Youth Development Program Outcomes Increased academic achievement Increased safety Increased motivation to succeed Increased positive health decisions Decreased involvement in risky behaviors (I.e., tobacco, alcohol and drug use)

13 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 13 Why is Leadership Programming Important to Youth with Disabilities? Assists young people to become self-sufficient and productive members of society Assists in the development of advocacy (self- determination) skills Fosters making informed choices Experiences success Exposes youth to role models and leaders with and without disabilities

14 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 14 Youth Development Programming Areas The range of youth development outcomes can be organized into five developmental areas: – Working – Learning – Thriving – Connecting – Leading

15 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 15 Working The development of positive occupational and career attitudes, skills and behaviors through activities that offer the chance to practice technical and soft skills needed to maintain employment Some activities supporting Working: – Job shadowing – Internships – Entrepreneurship

16 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 16 Activities that Support Working Visiting education and/or training programs Completing a mock job-search and interview process Writing a resume Interviewing representatives from specific industries Attending workplace behavior workshops Developing a forum for networking Visiting industry sites Small business project

17 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 17 Learning The development of positive basic and applied academic attitudes, skills, and behavior To develop higher aptitude for academic skill, and the ability to approach endeavors with a strategy to achieve Some activities supporting Learning: – Formal and informal skills assessment – Identification of learning styles and difficulties

18 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 18 Activities that Support Learning Peer tutoring activities Access to testing preparation classes Group problem-solving activities Develop a formal learning plan Accountability for grades Showcase of work highlighting a learning experience Service-learning projects

19 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 19 Thriving The development of attitudes, skills and behaviors demonstrated by maintaining optimal physical and emotional well-being Some activities supporting Thriving: – Peer workshops on nutrition and hygiene – Community resource mapping – Conflict management skill-building

20 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 20 Activities that Support Thriving Health-related workshops Role-playing activities Personal and peer counseling Meal planning/preparation activities Social activities requiring communication Directory of community resources

21 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 21 Connecting The development of and maintaining of positive social behaviors, skills and attitudes through relationships with elders, family, peers, supervisors, and community members Some activities supporting Connecting: – Mentoring – Tutoring – Building community networks – Accessing community resources

22 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 22 Activities that Support Connecting Researching community resources and leaders Writing letters and creating videos for friends and family Attending job and trade fairs Role-playing interviews Participating in team-building activities Older to younger youth mentoring

23 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 23 Leading The development of positive skills, attitudes, and behaviors around civic/public involvement and personal goal setting Some activities supporting Leading: – Registering to vote – Volunteering – Peer mediation activities – Youth advisory committees

24 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 24 Activities that Support Leading Developing a personal plan Creating a map of local youth resources Participating in town meetings Planning a program activity Participating in a local issue debate Participating in a letter writing campaign Meeting with local officials

25 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 25 Organizational Components Common youth development programs can be divided into organizational and programmatic components Organizational Components: – Clear mission, vision, and goal – Staff trained in youth development – Obvious connections to the community – Relationships with other youth-serving groups – Youth involvement at all levels

26 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 26 Programmatic Components Varied, hands-on, and experiential learning Youth involved in developing and implementing activities Opportunities for youth to succeed Opportunities to take on various roles Family involvement Interaction with mentors and role models Education on community & program values & history

27 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 27 Disability Focus Additional program components may be included in youth programming for youth with disabilities such as: – History and culture of disability – Knowledge of laws, policies, & rights – Role modeling and mentoring by persons with and without disabilities – Knowledge building of community-specific resources for persons with disabilities – Ongoing assessments for independent living – Self advocacy skill building

28 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 28 TYPES OF PRODUCTS AND RESOURCES How-To Guides Information and Policy Briefs Backgrounders Facts and Stats Hot Topics Syntheses Funding Sources Training Materials

29 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth -- Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment 29 Contact NCWD/Youth & NYEC NCWD/Youth: (toll free) (TTY toll free) NYEC: Ph Contact: Patricia Gill,


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