Youth Services Provider Network A Project of LEED
ANNUAL REPORT 2005
strengthen the ability of youth practitioners and community organizations to
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of young people.
The YSPNâ€™s vision is to see that young people will achieve personal and academic success, be connected to adults and their community, have a positive vision of their future, and grow up to be HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE and CIVIC-MINDED ADULTS. Bina Lefkovitz Director-Youth Development LEED Adrian Ruiz Lead Trainer LEED Andy Paul Project Coordinator LEED Vicki Stockbridge Program Associate LEED
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WHAT IS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT? CONCEPT A process by which all young people seek ways to meet their basic physical and social needs and to build competencies (knowledge and skills) necessary to succeed in adolescence and adulthood.
PRACTICE An approach to working with young people that intentionally helps youth meet developmental needs, builds their capacity, and provides relationships and connections needed for their success.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES -Problem free is not fully prepared -Single focus strategies donâ€™t work -Development happens across all settings -All young people need the same supports and opportunities -Youth should not be viewed as service recipients -Youth engagement and high levels of participation are important
WHAT IS YSPN? The Youth Services Provider Network (YSPN), a project of LEED, is a collaboration of individuals and organizations from throughout the Sacramento region committed to promoting strength-based principles that support the positive development of youth.
HOW DOES THE YSPN WORK?
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convenings, one-day trainings, and
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County Integrated Services Team.
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providers with training and
flagship training is the Youth
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Development Institute (YDI).
promoting youth development research and practices.
“I believe the most valuable benefit is an overall shift in philosophy that most agencies appear to come away with after participating in the trainings. I would recommend the YDI to any agency working with youth.” Matt Quinley Sacramento County Child and Family Mental Health
Sharing best practices, ideas and resources
FEBRUARY 23, 2005 “WORKING TOWARDS SUCCESS -HOW WE ALL CAN HELP TEACH SKILLS”
In large numbers, youth are headed into the workforce, but are they ready? Participants learned about employability or life skills (often called “soft skills”) and how to help develop them. A panel discussed these fundamental building blocks that employers look for and how they are often overlooked when preparing youth to be productive employees. Attendees: 60
JUNE 23, 2005: “YOUTH EXPRESSION: A LOOK AT THE VOICE OF YOUTH IN ACTION”
Youth express themselves through various outlets and forms. During this convening we took an interactive, fun, and in-depth look at three popular forms: POETRY, ART and MEDIA. Best of all, the day was facilitated by youth and adults working in partnership. Featured presentations/presenters included: The Power of Spoken Word (Anthem); Communicating Through Technology (Skylab); Sharing Your Vision with the World: A Look at Urban Art (La Raza Galeria Pozada). Other attractions/presenters included: DJ Peeti V.; Martial Arts (Warriors of Righteousness), and Break Dancing (Lords Gym of Roseville). A very special thank you to Encina High School and Crossover Scholar Athletes for hosting this incredible event. Attendees: 100
OCTOBER 15, 2005: “YOUTH MAKING A DIFFERENCE--CIVIC ENGAGEMENT”
Youth connecting to their communities is a critical aspect of positive youth development. Fifteen agencies presented how they actively involve youth in environmental education, hospital volunteering, life skills/social skills, tutoring/mentoring, youth on boards, and youth-led community change projects. They shared with attendees various opportunities and strategies for getting involved and giving back to their communities. Attendees: 70 YSPN Convenings are free and open to the entire community. These convenings are offered three times each year, cover a variety of interesting topics, and provide structured opportunities for participants to network and share resources with other youth and youth in attendance.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT DECEMBER 9, 2005: “PACKARD FOUNDATION MEETING” The David and Lucile Packard Foundation asked the YSPN to assemble and facilitate a panel of youth to speak to foundation Trustees on the closing day of their three-day Board Meeting. The nine youth on the panel spoke freely and answered questions about their views on the future of California, their own futures, and some of the challenges and promises that they think the future holds. The Trustees were quite pleased with the level of information and candor they received. Following the panel discussion, all participating youth and adults sat down to enjoy a fabulous catered lunch and informal conversations that yielded more opinions and ideas.
Strengthening youth providers’ delivery of services
COMMUNITY WIDE YSPN TRAININGS “GROUP FACILITATION SKILLS 202” - FEBRUARY 1, 2005
Group management should be an asset to your work, not an obstacle. This training provided tools to help move from being the group “director” to the group “facilitator”. Subject matter offered to attendees included: creating managable and attainable group goals, building consensus, reflective debriefing, working in different modalities, and strategies for becoming a dynamic facilitator.
“YOUTH PARTICIPATION THROUGH PEER HELPING” - MAY 25, 2005
Research undeniably tells us that youth should be given opportunities to be resources to their community and not only seen as recipients. This one-day training shared California data on peer programs and their value in creating leadership opportunities for youth as well as foundational components necessary to peer programs. Some of the topics covered included the following: conquering negative perceptions of youth empowerment, building allies for a peer program, and recruiting and retaining youth in programs.
“FACILITATION TRAINING 101 & 202” - DECEMBER 1 & 8, 2005
Taking the popular one-day group facilitation skills classes and creating a two-day session gave attendees a wide range of tools and strategies when working with groups. Subject matter offered to attendees included: new ways to look at group facilitation, how to create and uphold group norms, strategies for dealing with challenging behavior, as well as the topics covered in the February “202” class (see above).
INDEPENDENT TRAININGS FOR AGENCIES Antelope Global Youth Charter School “PEER CONFLICT MEDIATION TRAINING” - NOVEMBER 3 & 4, 2005 This two-day interactive training for youth, faculty, and administration of Antelope Global Youth Charter School examined the key elements of a conflict resolution program. Trainees entered into a process of self-exploration regarding how they deal with conflict in their everyday lives as well as what conflicts exist at their school. Trainees also learned an effective model of peer conflict resolution and what organizational practices need to be in place to sustain and grow such a model.
City of Sacramento “HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (HDI)” The Human Development Institute (HDI) evolved from the core Supports and Opportunities of the Youth Development Framework for Practice. In partnership with the City of Sacramento, the YDI created a four-day training to explore what internal and external clients need to have an optimal experience either while working with peers or delivering/receiving services. The four-day training explores four crucial pathways to an optimal environment. They are: Safety, Relationships, Engagement, and Personal Development. The Department of Parks and Recreation has adopted these four pathways into their master plan and are aggressively training all of their staff on this approach.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (YDI) Putting youth development principles into practice
The Youth Development Institute (YDI) continued to provide an extensive 50hour training to youth practitioners throughout the Sacramento Region. In addition, those agencies that participated in the YDI were invited to receive youth development coaching from YDI trainers. Upon completion of the YDI, participants were given direct access to YDI Alumni Meetings that brought together all previous YDI alumni classes to share their collective knowledge with one another regarding youth development principles.
COMMUNITY WIDE YDI In 2005 the YDI accepted 13 agencies to participate in the institute. The Community Wide YDI was a 50-hour training for managers and staff from a cross-section of youth serving agencies. In addition to managers and staff, the 2005 YDI class became the first of its kind to have youth participate throughout the entire institute. The YDI focused on “The Youth Development Framework for Practice” designed by the Community Network for Youth Development (CNYD) and Michelle Gambone and James Connell (Please see illustration of Framework on the following page). The following 13 agencies participated in the 2005 Community Wide YDI: --------------
Antelope Global Youth Charter School Big Brothers and Big Sisters of El Dorado County Crossover Scholar Athletes Family Connections Linking Education and Economic Development (LEED) Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) Oak Park Neighborhood Services (YouthWORKS Program) OASIS Project Project SAFE Department of Parks and Recreation (Robertson Community Center) San Joaquin County Department of Education (Work Start Yes Program) Society for the Blind Stanford Home for Children
“We always knew it made sense to have a pronounced youth voice. YDI gave us a focus and direction for the philosophy.” Lisa Bertaccini “Insert quote.” Sacramento County Department of Mental Health
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK FOR PRACTICE
Developed by CNYD in collaboration with Michelle A. Gambone (YDSI) and James P. Connell
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (YDI) Putting youth development principles into practice
TARGETED YDIâ€™s In 2005, the YDI continued its partnership with the Region Three Technical Assistance office to provide two week-long intensive YDIs. These week long intensive YDIs were offered to afterschool youth practitioners from the greater Sacramento Region. For a majority of the participants, this marked the first time that they received any formalized training regarding youth development. The spring training was held in Yuba County and was attended by the following agencies: Maxwell Elementary School (Woodland, CA), Gray Avenue School (Yuba City, CA), Dingle Elementary School (Woodland, CA), Yuba City Parks And Recreation (Yuba City, CA), and Wheatland Elementary School (Wheatland, CA). The summer training was held in South Sacramento and was attended by the following agencies: Sacramento START (Operates in six school districts of Sacramento County), Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department (Sacramento, CA), Western Placer County School District (Western Placer, CA), Encina High School (Sacramento, CA), Boys and Girls Club South Lake Tahoe (South Lake Tahoe, CA), and Folsom Cordova Schools Foundation (Folsom, CA).
2005 YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ALUMNI GATHERINGS Three YDI Alumni gatherings were held in 2005. The purpose of these gatherings was to promote networking and the sharing of knowledge across all YDI alumni agencies.
FEBRUARY 16, 2005 ALUMNI GATHERING: This alumni gathering showcased the
development of a new youth development PowerPoint tool and gave all alumni in attendance an opportunity to review and critique the rough draft. Input was recorded and changes were made to the PowerPoint presentation before its release to the greater public. At this gathering, alumni were also asked to fill out a survey regarding their agencyâ€™s training needs. The survey was then tabulated and used to help design the menu of YSPN trainings for 2005.
May 20, 2005 ALUMNI GATHERING: This alumni gathering provided an opportunity to
have agencies share their implementation of the Youth Development Framework for Practice. In addition to sharing their successes, agencies in attendance were presented with an opportunity to work with the YSPN and Youth Development Strategies, Inc. (YDSI) on a comprehensive evaluation of their program.
September 13, 2005 ALUMNI GATHERING: The final alumni meeting of the year gave
YDI alumni another opportunity to give the YSPN feedback on one of its projects. This time alumni in attendance shared their views pertaining to the early development of the YSPN Youth Participation Guidebook. Many great suggestions from the group were incorporated into the final draft of the guidebook. As an end of the year highlight, Lynn Johnson from CNYD was a featured guest speaker. Lynn, a dynamic facilitator, spoke regarding the importance of youth participation.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT LEGAL ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (LACY) After attending YDI as an attorney with an organization in San Jose, I was inspired to infuse my daily practice of representing children in the foster care system with youth development principles. After making a job change to become the director of Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) in San Jose, I saw even more opportunities to combine youth development and child advocacy. Two of my very dedicated staff committed to attending the 10 days of YDI despite the long commute to Sacramento for training sessions. I was invited to participate in that cohort of YDI as a facilitator, creating a unique opportunity to work with my staff on developing a YDI action plan for LACY and to work with a dynamic training team. I learned even more as a facilitator and became further committed as a manager to try to implement youth development practices at LACY. Although creating change is not always easy or speedy, we have several accomplishments to be proud of. At LACY, we hired one of our former participants as a legal assistant. We especially enjoy when she accompanies us to do outreach at the local teen parent programs in high schools in the area. In order to make youth feel more welcome and more quickly responded to, we restructured our intake process for youth interested in our services. Youth now have the option of coming to our offices for walk-in hours instead of playing phone-tag with our intake specialist. Most importantly, we are moving forward with our coaching hours offered by the YDI staff. Although our initial goal was to create a meaningful evaluation tool, we realized we could
not start this process without renovating and rewriting our out-of-date and stale mission statement. Adrian Ruiz facilitated a half-day team-building and mission statement creation session that went extremely well and captured the opinions of all our valuable employees. We look forward to a follow-up session with Adrian and continuing to implement our YDI action plan in our daily practices, procedures, and approach.
Jennifer Kelleher Directing Attorney Legal Advocates for Children and Youth
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Antelope Global Youth Charter School
Family Connections, Mentors Plus
As a new high school, establishing a culture of genuine youth involvement as well as providing a quality education is our prime directive. The group who attended the YDI was comprised of four students (Shanon Astley, Joel Cabrera, Britani Lomba, and Byron Pringle), our former office manager, (Lorraine Franco), and myself. The experience, in gaining both hard and soft skills, far exceeded my expectations. My youth participants learned that they are not only the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today. They have ownership of the success of our school academically, socially, and emotionally. When peers and adults recognize the growth in their leadership skills and their ability to articulate their needs, they attribute it directly to the skills they received at the YDI.
Before we attended the YDI, the five supports and opportunities were inherent to Mentors Plus, but we didn’t know it. Once we were able to identify these 5 practices, we quickly enhanced them and are continuing to improve our methods.
partners and resources for the development of a quality educational setting.
Mentors Plus continues to benefit from the YDI.
Here is what I have noticed happening with Mentors Plus as a direct result of the YDI: Acceptance – Valuing each person’s voice and their need to be included allows us to honor each person as someone who counts. In return, each of us is included and listened to. Fun – Because the YDI format taught us to interact with each other in an increasingly familiar and safe fashion, our time together is more enjoyable. The energizers keep things fresh and the opportunities to express ourselves keep things real. Also, because we allow ourselves to determine As a principal it can be challenging to set what we are to do, we are choosing the tone of safety, create opportunities for things that we enjoy doing. meaningful youth involvement, and focus Permission – The YDI training was effective on communication skills, all while working because it used the “practices” (the 5 within a culture where test scores are the supports and opportunities) to teach the bottom line. The trainers from the YDI, as “practices”. We felt, and now know, what well as my fellow participants, continue to it’s like to give each other permission to be offer support as we go forward. One of our included and to be heard. key changes has been making sure that all Our volunteer mentors are encouraged, members of our school—be it students, through training and activities, to adopt parents, or staff—are seen as partners. youth development principles. Giving the Although we have different titles, roles, mentee a voice and a choice in deciding and responsibilities, no person’s opinion is on activities, and letting the mentee viewed as less than someone else’s. We decide what is talked about and in what are appreciative of the training that we way it is talked about, are two of the have received from the YDI that assists us aspects we emphasize. in moving forward with seeing youth as
Principal Antelope Global Youth Charter School
Joe Tassinari Mentor Coordinator Family Connections, Mentors Plus
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT YouthWORKS Program - Oak Park
Marilyn McGinnis of the Oak Park Multiservice Center attended CNYD’s Youth Development Institute in San Francisco in 2001 and brought back with her an optimism and energy for youth development. McGinnis invited three afterschool sites to attend the inaugural YDI in Sacramento where they developed a similar optimism and energy. Sandra Cassidy stated, “When I first attended YDI, I had no idea that the training sessions would be so creative, interactive, and useful in providing me with a framework for developing supports and opportunities for youth in my afterschool program. YDI training has inspired me to involve my students as partners in the decision-making process for field trips, community service projects, and classroom activities, and to give them opportunities to develop leadership skills by facilitating life skills lessons, conducting focus groups, and making presentations at conferences and special events.” Youth development principles have become an integral part of working with youth participants. The YouthWORKS program offers youth the opportunity to participate in an afterschool program, serve on the Youth Committee, and attend the Leadership Development Camp. YouthWORKS Afterschool Program YouthWORKS is a fun and dynamic afterschool program for Sacramento youth who are 12 to 18 years of age. YouthWORKS offers homework and tutoring support, life skills education, leadership skills, and recreational opportunities in safe, structured environments. The YouthWORKS afterschool programs, currently offered at C.K McClatchy, Hiram Johnson and the Oak Park Community Center, have embraced youth development. YouthWORKS participant Ashley Price
stated that, “the McClatchy High School YouthWORKS program is a great program to do your homework. You can get help in Math, English, History or whatever you need help in. And, you can meet new people and hang out.” Staff member John Bashore acknowledges that “Being a participant in the YDI has enabled me to provide my students with the tools and skills to become productive leaders in the community.” YouthWORKS Youth Committee The YouthWORKS Youth Committee students design, plan and implement the annual YouthWORKS Leadership Development Camp. To facilitate the camp, adult camp staff work hand-in-hand with youth who have previously attended LDC and are returning in a leadership role. These youth attend monthly planning meetings throughout the year, participate in precamp training, and plan and conduct camp learning sessions. Yeng Lee, a first year Youth Committee Member, said this about her experience: “The Youth Committee has taught me lots of things about being a good leader. I have learned so much from going to the meeting. YouthWORKS and the Youth Committee has changed my life and it made me a better person.” Thanks to the YDI, the journey for YouthWORKS students and staff has been inspiring, challenging, and enlightening. For some students, the process has been life changing.
Marilyn McGinnis Program Manager Oak Park Neighborhood Multiservice Center
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT City of Sacramento, Parks and Recreation Department The City of Sacramento Department of
Parks and Recreation has experienced a great deal of success in its youth programs since modifying their delivery approach to a strong youth development model. Positive results include: better retention of part-time staff, increased attendance and participation, several outstanding youthled events, and a very active and dynamic Sacramento Youth Commission. Under the direction of Recreation Manager, Ralph Pettingell, a small group of City staff and YDI alumni began to explore how these same principles may be applied at an organizational level to the entire Department of Parks and Recreation. What has evolved has become known as a Human Development model. The Parks and Recreation Master Plan for 2005-2010 uses this model as its foundation. The Master Plan centers around creating optimal experiences and environments for all users of the Cityâ€™s facilities, programs, and services. These optimal environments are achieved through four foundational pathways: Safety (physical and emotional), Relationships (with colleagues, partners and clients), Engagement (of internal and external clients) and Personal Development (skill building opportunities for staff as well as external clients). The City of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation has partnered with the YSPN to develop a Human Development Institute (HDI). The HDI is based on the youth development model, though it differs in that it goes beyond just youth, focusing on creating optimal environments for both internal
clients (staff) and external clients (customers). The HDI is delivered through an in-depth exploration of each of the four pathways described above, and each pathway is examined in terms of optimal vs. insufficient environments. Participants are engaged in discussion and exercises to demonstrate and foster optimal environments in which people can be successful and thrive. The HDI training has been developed and delivered by a dedicated team of City staff under the leadership of Adrian Ruiz of YSPN. To date, approximately 100 individuals have completed the HDI. All management staff of the Department of Parks and Recreation have completed the four-day institute as well as most of the supervisory staff. In addition, several highlevel managers from other City departments have attended. Feedback from those that have participated in the HDI has been overwhelmingly positive. Plans are currently in the works to train all supervisory staff within the Parks Division and possibly offer the HDI to all departments and employees of the City of Sacramento.
Kim Mohler Recreation Superintendent City of Sacramento, Parls and Recreation
Creating sustainable change through YSPN partners
Sierra Health Foundation The Board approved a new 5-year initiative to promote youth development in the region for youth ages 10-15. The effort includes: • Mini-grants for capacity building, • Continued funding of the Youth Development Institute, • Funding the creation of a faith-based youth minister network with Area Congregations Together, • Supporting a website for faith groups to post services and opportunities for children and youth, • Hosting experts in the field to speak about youth development, and • Convening agencies who provide infrastructure support to youth development in order to begin mapping out and coordinating the resources in the region. Also noteworthy: • Sierra Health commissioned the YSPN to create a Youth Participation Guidebook. This guidebook, to be released in 2006, is a comprehensive guide of best practices and tools for youth leadership, as well as a catalog of local agencies who offer youth opportunities to participate. • In 2006, the Foundation will be seeking proposals from neighborhoods who want to mobilize around building a community that supports positive youth development for its children. • Sierra Health Foundation has started to focus its Health Leadership Program on youth-serving agencies. • Sierra Health Foundation operates Grizzly Creek Ranch in Tahoe, a camp for children with disabilities. Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) • The Workforce Investment Board Youth Council recruited four youth
who served with the other 15 adults to make policies related to spending of Federal Workforce funds for youth. The One Stop Career Centers have defined what it means to be youth friendly, including inviting youth to assess how friendly the One Stops are. SETA is also training its operators on youth friendly practices. SETA continues to fund the Youth Development & Crime Prevention program (YDCP). YDCP serves very high risk youth and provides youth development and employment services coupled with substance abuse and mental health counseling. YDCP was originally funded with Workforce discretionary funds and SETA was recently awarded Department of Justice funds to continue this initiative another year.
Sutter Health • Sutter Health continues to fund youth development as a part of its community benefit program. • In 2006, Sutter Health will host a process for agencies to systematically assess how well they implement youth development practices using youthdriven data. Region 3 • Region 3 continues to promote youth development to the state-funded afterschool network that it supports in the region, through the week long Youth Development Institute. • Region 3 created a best practices video on implementing youth development in afterschool programs and published best practices rubrics for agencies to use.
Creating sustainable change through YSPN partners
United Way • The United Way Education Impact Council determined its future direction would be around youth leadership and civic engagement. • It is currently developing common evaluation measures for all Impact Council funded-agencies. The tools include a youth survey and a program assessment. The YSPN will be providing training support to the United Way agencies. Department of Health and Human Services • The Prop 63 communities’ orientations included the Youth Development Framework for Practice. • Through its Child Welfare Redesign, the department adopted the creation of youth advocate positions to better support youth in the system. • The mental health system already has mental health advocates for youth. • The CPS system also created PAUSE, a youth advisory group of foster youth, to advise ILP and other parts of the system on reforms for the system. • CPS also provided its workers with a powerful training by foster youth on how to engage youth in the foster care system. • The department’s use of the family to family model complements the youth development approach. • Additionally, the department is part of a partnership to create a Recovery High School for youth. Sacramento County Office of Education • SCOE continues its Youth Inspire project to spotlight youth who have been resilient or who have inspired others with their determination, commitment, and caring. • SCOE continues to convene the prevention coordinators in the county to network and share resources.
SCOE will create a new school for suspended and expelled youth (called LINKS) that uses youth life skills and work-based learning as foundational strategies. SCOE also continues to build youth development strategies into its teacher training program (BTSA).
City of Sacramento • The City has created a human development (HD) framework (a modified version of the youth development framework) to guide its Parks and Recreation Department policies and practices. The City recreation master plan is developed around the HD framework and over 100 city staff have been trained in the framework and its practices. • The City Council approved $900,000 in additional funding for afterschool programs including TEEN centers and uses the youth development framework as the base of its program design. • The mayor created a commission to advise the council on city policies related to children and youth. Linking Education and Economic Development (LEED) • In 2005, the YSPN became a division of LEED. LEED’s work in the areas of high school reform and workforce development complement the goals of the YSPN. • LEED started an afterschool program at Luther Burbank High School to train youth for future jobs, and an intern match program for businesses. • The Youth as Active Citizens project (YAC), also at Burbank High School, is intended to train youth to do advocacy around school reform issues.
BUILDING EXEMPLARY PRACTICES Using youth driven data
This project, started in 2005, helps agencies who have been through the Youth Development Institute to use youth survey data to strengthen youth programs. Agencies use a youth survey instrument developed by Michelle Gambone, national youth development researcher. The tool measures how well the quality of environments created by agencies for their youth aligns with youth development research. Specifically measured are: emotional and physical safety, caring relationships, opportunities to belong, have voice and choice and make decisions, involvement in community, and exposure to engaging, relevant & challenging skill development. The survey results are provided back to each agency and agencies are supported in undertaking a year long program improvement process using the data. Agencies reflect on the data with their youth and staff, review organizational practices, and develop an action plan that leads to program improvements that are aligned with youth development best practices. A post survey can be administered 6 months after implementing improvement strategies to assess if youth experiences have been strengthened. To see sample survey questions and the research behind the tool, visit www.YDSI.org. In 2005, the YSPN created a learning community of the following 6 agencies to undertake this improvement process: People Reaching Out, Oak Park Multi Services Center/ YouthWORKS, Sacramento START, City of Sacramento Teen Services, Mutual Assistance Network, and 4-H. The agencies learned that they were strong in certain areas and that others could be improved. The kind of changes these agencies are making in their actions plans include: Offering more (and more varied) leadership opportunities and other ways for youth to contribute to the program; Asking for more input from youth (through surveys and other means) regarding staff job descriptions, program activities, and lessons; Increasing emphasis on ground rules and being sure to engage all youth in the creation of these; Adding in more fun activities, such as energizers and icebreakers, especially after academic activities; and providing workshops on community awareness and other diverse topics. In 2006 the YSPN will be working with a group of Sutter Health funded agencies and any class participants from the 2006 YDI who want to participate in this program improvement process.
CREATING CHANGE through COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
EDUCATION BASED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE After a few preliminary meetings with interested partners, the YSPN has started working towards the creation of an Educators’ YDI—a Youth Development Institute designed specifically for those in the education field. Meetings in 2006 will explore two different angles for this project: 1) how to link the current required trainings for teachers to youth development training so that educators can experience both at the same time, and 2) the creation of, and recruitment for, a pilot version of the Educators’ YDI. This pilot version will launch a group of dedicated partners who will provide valuable feedback and assistance in modifying the YDI curriculum as necessary to best meet the needs of our allies in education. We hope to kick off this four-day test training with back-to-back days in late August and then follow-up with two full days in September and October.
FAITH BASED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE In 2006 we are eager to continue our new collaboration with Area Congregations Together (ACT). Spearheaded by a grant partnership, YSPN and ACT are working with area youth ministers to strengthen the amazing work that they already do with young people. In addition to providing quality trainings for youth ministers, the collaboration also seeks to educate youth ministers on how to become more active in affecting positive change for youth in their communities. The third component of the collaboration is to work closely with Sacramento News and Review to create a website where faith-based organizations can post any offerings that they have for young people in their area.
YSPN STUDENT INTERN PROGRAM Thanks to a generous grant from the Sutter Health Foundation, in 2006 the YSPN will hire youth interns from local high schools to become co-facilitators of the YSPN’s 2006 convenings and one-day trainings. These youth will receive intensive training in: youth development, facilitation, presentation, public speaking, meeting/event planning, organizational skills, group process/teamwork, and marketing. The youth interns will work to become critical members of the YSPN team with skills in: public speaking, working with groups of people, and organizing and facilitating meetings and events that are effective and enjoyable.
COUNTY OUTREACH The YSPN is reaching out to several counties to link with existing networks, map resources for youth, and provide targeted support to those who are working in the field of youth development. This support will include presentations, special events, and other activities. In 2006, these efforts will focus on the counties of Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado.
Investing in our work
Sierra Health Foundation Sutter Health, Sacramento-Sierra Region Department of Health and Human Services Department of Human Assistance Sacramento Employment and Training Agency United Way City of Sacramento PCOE/Region 3 Service Learning Center Region 3 Center After School TA Center Sacramento County Office of Education Teichert Foundation Wells Fargo Bank Wellness Foundation
People making it happen
Community Volunteers Kim Mohler, City of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation Britani Lomba, Master Youth Facilitator, Youth Expressions Anthony Wandick, Master Youth Facilitator, Youth Expressions Monica Blanco, City of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation John Bashore, Oak Park Neighborhood Multi Services Center Jim Gaston, Region 3 Technical Assistance Jennifer Kelleher, Directing Attorney, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth Rodney Haymer, City of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation Beryl Johnson, Sacramento START Teressa Heanggi, City of Sacramento Betty Renz, City of Sacramento Crandal Rankins, Crossover Scholar Athletes Lords Gym La Raza Galeria Posada Ed Bansuelo and The Warriors of Righteousness Skylab (youth and staff)
YSPN Planning Team Kim Mohler Andy Paul Jim Gaston Marsha Strode Anna Edwards Marianne Bird Darby Flynn Kim Mechem Lynn Milan Marilyn McGinnis & Staff Lea Rathbun Crandal Rankins Suzanne Mayes
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