Measuring teamwork: a new way to assess Youth Adult Partnerships

Unlike traditional afterschool programs in which youth are viewed as service recipients, the youth-adult partnership (Y-AP) model emphasizes that youth serve in meaningful leadership roles in an organization or program. This model has gained increasing popularity in out-of-school-time… Read More

Involving Youth in Staff Hiring, Really?

There’s a reflection exercise we like to do when introducing youth-driven spaces to adults, called “take a stand”. We read participants a number of statements from our youth-driven formative index. We then ask participants to place themselves, physically,… Read More

Social Capital and Youth Development

Five years ago I was invited by one of our Board members to use her northern Michigan home for a retreat with some of our teens. Kylah, one of the teens on the outing was an 11th grade… Read More