Ensuring Program Success through Youth/ Adult Partnerships

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In 2010, Adam Fletcher presented this presentation at the annual CDC-DASH conference on behalf of the WA State Department of Health

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  • Narration: We have seen that the evidence of the Cambrian explosion was real, not just the result of having too small a sample of fossils. There was plenty of opportunity for small or soft-bodied animals to leave fossils. There are plenty of those… but no transitional or ancestral forms. We have seen that Darwinian theories cannot explain it, and Artifact theories cannot explain it away.
  • Ensuring Program Success through Youth/ Adult Partnerships

    1. 1. Ensuring Program Success through Youth/ Adult Partnerships Washington State Department of Health Adam Fletcher, CSH Manager
    2. 2. WHAT AREYOUTH/ADULT PARTNERSHIPS? • Rigorous – Constant Attention to Ethical Considerations • Relevant – Involvement Does Not Mean Engagement • Relational – Equity, Not EqualitySource: Fletcher, A. (2007) Washington Youth Voice Handbook. Olympia, WA: CommonAction. Retrieved 2/21/09 from http://www.commonaction.org/WYVH.pdf
    3. 3. CYCLE OF ENGAGEMENTSource: Fletcher, A. (2007) Guide to Social Change Led By and With Young People. Olympia, WA: The Freechild Project. Retrieved 2/21/09 from http://www.freechild.org/socialchangeguide.htm
    4. 4. Young People As… Researchers Advocates Planners Learners Source: Fletcher, A. (2005) Stories of Meaningful Student Evaluators Teachers Involvement. Bothel, WA: HumanLinks Foundation. Retrieved 2/18/09 from http:// Decision www.soundout.org/MSIStories.pdf Makers
    5. 5. CHANGING SYSTEMS • Take Action • Change Attitudes • Modify Procedures • Reform Policies • Develop Structures • Transform CultureSource: Fletcher, A. (2005) Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to Students as Partners. Bothel, WA: HumanLinks Foundation. p 9. Retrieved 2/18/09 from http://www.soundout.org/MSIGuide.pdf
    6. 6. OUTCOMES • Attitudes – Self-Efficacy, Engagement, Democracy • Skills – Personal, Social, Employment, Cultural • Knowledge – Academic, “Real-World”Source: Fletcher, A. (2005) Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to Students as Partners. Bothel, WA: HumanLinks Foundation. p 17-20. Retrieved 2/18/09 from http://www.soundout.org/MSIGuide.pdf
    7. 7. BARRIERS • Structures – Cultures, Policies, Procedures • Adults – Tradition, Entrenchment • Students – ConditioningSource: Fletcher, A. (2005) Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to Students as Partners. Bothel, WA: HumanLinks Foundation. p 21. Retrieved 2/18/09 from http://www.soundout.org/MSIGuide.pdf
    8. 8. RESOURCES • Research • Organizations • Publications • ExamplesSource: Fletcher, A. (2005) Meaningful Student Involvement Resources. Bothel, WA: HumanLinks Foundation. Retrieved 2/18/09 from http://www.soundout.org/MSIResources.pdf
    9. 9. Thank you! Adam Fletcheradam.fletcher@doh.wa.gov (360)236-3740

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