Youth Leadership

Young people are powerful contributors to society, but too often adults don’t seek or hear their voices. Fostering youth leadership requires a number of skills and tactics, from assessing adult attitudes toward youths and encouraging youth ownership of service-learning projects to team-building games and reflection exercises.

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Leaders of Tomorrow: The 2005 National Youth Leadership Training

NYLT 2005

July 24, 2005: The last day of the National Youth Leadership Training
arrived, and with it signing camp T-shirts, exchanging of email
addresses, and the tears of solemn farewells. In just one week, the
diverse NYLT community had transformed into one big family. more »

Operation Open Door

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By Nate White
Youth Committee Chair, Operation Open Door

Do you ever get the feeling you're part of something bigger?
Something better? Something incredible? I get that feeling every time I
hear the words "Operation Open Door," "service-learning," or "National
Youth Service Day." more »

Be the Change: Youths Gather for the 2004 National Youth Leadership Training

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On July 18, the 2004 National Youth Leadership Training drew to a close. High school students from across the country — wearing baby blue NYLT
t-shirts, and carrying suitcases and sleeping bags — said tearful
goodbyes to their new friends and headed home to new possibilities. more »

The Definition of True Service

true service

By Niki Vaith, NYLC Youth Advisory Council

Volunteer where your heart is. Service is about learning, growing, and working together to meet genuine needs. Service is done to meet the needs of others, not to make you feel better. Never assume you know what’s best for someone else. more »

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Common Cents Makes Sense

Youth Voice in New York City
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2004
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Daniel de Zeeuw

How to Change the World

The Promise and Practice of Youth Social Entrepreneurs
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2004
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Jim Toole
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Pam Toole

Making Youth Voice a Community Principle

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2004
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Andrea Felix

Methods for Effective Youth Governance

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2004
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Karen Young

Navigating the Shoals of Civic Education With Service-Learning

Ethical, Moral, and Political Constraints on Transformative Education

Three examples of the challenges teachers face effectively engaging
strong youth voice while meeting resistance from adults in positions of
power when youth voice is strong enough to tackle uncomfortable issues.
Addresses the issue of "meek" service and active citizen engagement for
social change. (The Generator, Spring 2002)

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2002
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Don Hill

Promising Program Models

Highlights two youth-led peer-education programs, one in the United States and one in Uganda, focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and improved sexual and reproductive health and development. (The Generator, Summer 2004)

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2004
Authors: 
Ifna Ejebe
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Lisa Cox

Youth Training - With a Twist

This profile of The National Youth Leadership Training
illustrates its effectiveness with youth participants in addressing
issues such as diversity, leadership, and service to the community.
(The Generator, Spring 2004)

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2004
Authors: 
Ashley Shaver
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Barb Clark
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Wokie Weah

Youth Voice: A Service-Learning Tip Sheet

The basics of youth voice, including assessing adult readiness for facilitation of youth voice and leadership, training ideas, finding youth leaders, and respecting youths and their process of leadership. Includes one page of youth-leadership and youth/adult-partnership resources.

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2005
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NYLC

The Youth Voice Movement

A New Vision for the Future, or a Lost Dream of the Past?
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2004
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Adam Fletcher

Youth Voice Strategies

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2004
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Amy Cohen
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Brad Lewis

Youth-Led Research in NYLC's "Growing to Greatness" Project

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2004
Authors: 
Marybeth Neal
Project Examples: 

Cooking Club

State: 
Minnesota
United States

Special-needs students chose nondisabled peer buddies to assist them in mastering the skills necessary to shop for groceries and prepare a nutritious meal. The special-education students began by practicing their ability to read labels and recipes, along with the math skills to make change for food purchases. As a group, they chose an ethnic theme, searched for appropriate recipes, and planned and prepared the meal for a multicultural celebration.

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Regrowing Wetlands

State: 
Ohio
United States

Concerned about the destruction of wetlands in their state, middle-school students hosted an environmental-education program for young children. The event is the first in a series of activities designed to strengthen and rebuild local natural resources.

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