Engaging Youth in Mentoring Programs & Relationships


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Presented April 19, 2012 - Part of 2012 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series.
Education Northwest/National Mentoring Center, Friends For Youth, Indiana Mentoring Partnership, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, Mentor Michigan, Oregon Mentors and other partners are working together in 2012 to deliver this free monthly webinar series for mentoring professionals.
For updates about upcoming webinars, join and follow the Collaborative Mentoring Series discussion area on the Mentoring Forums at http://mentoringforums.educationnorthwest.org/forum/26.

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Engaging Youth in Mentoring Programs & Relationships

  1. 1. 2012 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series Engaging Youth in Mentoring Programs & RelationshipsCollaboration of Education Northwest/National Mentoring Center, Friends for Youth, Indiana Mentoring Partnership, Mentor Michigan, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, and Oregon Mentors April 2012
  2. 2. Good to Know…All attendees will receive an email after the webinarthat will include: Instructions for how to access PDF of presentation slides and webinar recording Link to the Mentoring Forum for resources, contact information & opportunities to continue the dialogue Please help us by taking the time to complete a short 5-question survey as you exit the webinar. 1
  3. 3. 2012 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series Michael Garringer o Research Resource Advisor & Forums o Practice Administrator National Mentoring Center at o Innovation Education Northwest Amber TroupeDate: Third Thursday of every Directormonth. Mentor MichiganTime: 10-11:15am Pacific/11am-12:15pm Mountain/12-1:15 pm April RiordanCentral/1-2:15pm Eastern Director of Training & Community Partnerships Mentoring Partnership of MinnesotaCost: Free 2
  4. 4. Participate in Today’s Webinar• All attendees muted for best sound• Type questions and comments in the question box• We may invite you to “raise your hand” during interactive activities 3
  5. 5. Today’s Webinar1. What is Youth Engagement? – Why does it matter for mentoring programs? How do we do it? What gets in the way?2. Youth Engagement in Action – National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) – Youthprise & MN Alliance with Youth – YouthBuild USA – National Mentoring Alliance3. Q & A 4
  6. 6. What is Youth Engagement?Our definition… for now. Broadly defined…Getting youth to care Experiences whereabout, and be youth are “activelyinvolved in, the world involved in cognitivearound them through and socialacts of adults caring endeavors thatabout, and being promote growth.”involved in, 2005) (Weiss, Little & Bouffard, youththemselves. 5
  7. 7. What Does this Look Like?(Forum for Youth Investment, 2007) 6
  8. 8. Levels of Engagement• Engagement in the community (addressing big-picture concerns)• Engagement in a relationships are at theAuthentic youth-adult program heart of allinto support and services) (buying youth engagement experiences, both formal and informal. (Sullivan, 2011)• Engagement with people (relationships with caring adults) 7
  9. 9. The Youth Engagement Continuum (Forum for Youth Investment, 2007) 8
  10. 10. Why Engagement?• Enables young people get the help and support they need (via programs) Engaged• Enables young people to access youth = resources and ideas beyond a engaged adult program setting citizens down• Creates adult-youth understanding the road• Power of collective action for social transformation 9
  11. 11. Why Engagement?It’s at the core of good youth development…1. Participate as citizens2. Gain experience in decision making3. Interact with peers and acquire a sense of belonging4. Reflect on self in relation to others5. Discuss conflicting values and formulate their own value system6. Experiment with their own identity, with relationships to other people, with ideas7. Develop a feeling of accountability in the context of a relationship among equals8. Cultivate a capacity to enjoy life(Konopka, Requirements For Healthy Development of Adolescent Youth, 1973)All of these require engagement and solid relationships with adults and peers 10
  12. 12. Unfortunately…According to the Search Institute, Social trends have left citizens ofalmost 40% of 15 year olds don’t all ages less engaged with onescore high on any of their three another:engagement scales  privatization of leisure timeOlder youth are far less likely to be  labor market changes“engaged” (they control  suburban sprawlparticipation, not a parent)Shifts in attitudes about youth(behavior, culture, values) havehurt generational relations 11
  13. 13. How Do We Engage Youth? 12
  14. 14. Keys to Engaging Older YouthPrograms with: Key Components:1) Developmental 1) Allowing youth to be creators of opportunities for their own afterschool experiences leadership 2) Quality standards that are asset-2) Voice based3) Choice 3) Staff who are credible and trained4) Academic success to work with middle school youth5) Workforce readiness 4) Programs that balance a connection to and are independent(Harvard Family Research Project. Harris, 2008) from school and maintain family connections. (National Institute for Out-of-School Time, 2008) 13
  15. 15. Barriers to Engagement• Lack of interest on the part of youth• Unaware of programs• Transportation issues• Other OST responsibilities (Saito, 2009) 14
  16. 16. Mentoring:A Pathway to Youth Engagement True engagement with a mentor brings: • Increased participation in the relationship • Bonding with the overall program • Increased use of other supports (both in program and out) • Opportunity to use new skills and personal values • Skills for connecting with other mentors and caring adults 15
  17. 17. How Do Mentors Engage Youth?• Finding the right blend of purposefulness and personal connection• Giving the youth voice and choice• Consistent interaction• Opportunities to contribute to the world around them A good mentor will foster personal growth, but also teach a young person how to DO SOMETHING with all that growth. 16
  18. 18. What Do Youth Say About Engagement?1. Spend time talking with 7. Laugh with us us 8. Attend our concerts,2. Listen, don’t multi-task or games and other events get distracted when 9. Show that you have you’re with us confidence in us3. Respond to our e-mail, 10. Ask us to help you, and voice and text messages to show you what we can4. Do what you say you are do going to do 11. Teach us what you know5. Show appreciation for 12. Push us to do our best what we do6. Relax, don’t feel like you have to be on your guard (Scales et al., 2010) 17
  19. 19. National Youth Leadership Council Since 2007 Amanda has been working with NYLC on school-based programs, professional development, and supporting our youth programs. Amanda now leads NYLC’s youth initiatives programming, including the work of our Youth Advisory Council and the National Youth Leadership Training. Her youth work experiences include leading after-school academic and extracurricular programs, summer residential and adventure camp experiences, and semester-long leadershipAMANDA LARSON development courses.PROFESSIONALDEVELOPMENT MANAGER,YOUTH INITIATIVES LEAD 18
  20. 20. National Youth Leadership CouncilGenerator School Network
  21. 21. K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality PracticeMeaningful ServiceLink to CurriculumReflectionDiversityPartnershipsProgress MonitoringDuration and IntensityYouth Voice
  22. 22. Creating an Environment open for Ideas Decision Making Evaluation Youth Generated Ideas Acquisition of Knowledge and SkillsYouth Voice
  23. 23. Why is student voice important? High school dropout rates 10%
  24. 24. Nuts & Bolts: Youth/Adult RolesYOUTH ADULT
  25. 25. Understanding the spectrum: youth as partnersAdam Fletcher. (2006) Washington Youth Voice Handbook
  26. 26. Achieving a balance: tips, tricks & challengesAdapted from: Adam Fletcher. (2006) Washington Youth Voice Handbook
  27. 27. www.lift.nylc.org
  28. 28. Learn. Plan. Connect. Generator School Network• Free• 1500+ Members• 300+ Projects• 900+ Resources www.gsn.nylc.org
  29. 29. Smart. Achievement Gap Training
  30. 30. National Youth Leadership Training July 14-21, 2012 Sandstone, MN Registration due May 11 www.nylc.org/nylt
  31. 31. For more information National Youth Leadership Council www.nylc.orgAmanda Larson, Youth Initiatives Lead alarson@nylc.org, 651.999.7362
  32. 32. Youthprise & Minnesota Alliance with Youth Libby Rau develops statewide infrastructure for youth engagement in public policy and philanthropy. Libby’s job is a creative arrangement to ensure youth leadership in Youthprise – she works half time with the Minnesota Alliance With Youth and half time with Youthprise.Libby Rau, Youth EngagementStrategist 32
  33. 33. COST SHARED POSITION In collaboration with MN Alliance with Youth & Youthprise  1 position description  Shared vision and goals  Collective impact  Leverage resources  Model of authentic partnership
  34. 34. MINNESOTA YOUTH COUNCIL State-wide council 36 youth and 36 adult partners (4 in each of the 8 congressional districts and 4 at large) Youth Adult Partnership Model  Policy/Advocacy  Philanthropy  Education/Outreach
  35. 35. WHO WE AREOUR MISSION: We champion learning beyond the classroom sothat all Minnesota’s youth thrive.OUR VISION: Minnesota will lead the nation in acceleratingleadership and innovation beyond the classroom; ensuring that: Every young person is included and engaged. Every family has access. Every program has support to ensure quality and impact. Every community has a clear plan—for youth and with youth.
  36. 36. OUR GOALS Mobilize the power of youth to enliven, expand and transform programs and systems. Expand access to quality learning experiences that prepare youth for education, work and civic life. Advance integrated, community-based systems that increase opportunities and improve outcomes for all youth. Leverage and grow resources to close the opportunity gap for under- engaged and under-served youth. Ignite public insistence on engaging, accessible, quality learning opportunities for all youth.
  38. 38.  Research & Development  Educate & TrainINTERMEDIARY  Tools and Technology to Connect and Communicate  Resource & Infrastructure Development
  39. 39.  Grants  PartnershipsFUNDER  Influencegrantmaking by funders in areas of program quality and data collection
  40. 40.  Public Policy Advocacy MN  Learning Communities STATEWIDEAFTERSCHOOL  Specific Convening of Networks ALLIANCE
  41. 41. SUPPORTING YOUTH SUCCESS Formal Learning: k-12, higher and vocational education Non-Formal Learning: learning beyond the classroom, summer programs, sports programs, youth councils Informal Learning: learning to cook with a parent, learning to fix a car with a neighbor
  42. 42. Minnesota Youth CouncilMISSIONThe Youth Council, incollaboration with youth-adultpartnerships withincommunities and across thestate, provides youth with aforum to exercise their voiceby connecting and mobilizingyouth voice and youth action,discussing policy issues, andadvising the work of theMinnesota Alliance WithYouth and its partners. 43
  43. 43. Support Youth SuccessFormal Non-formal Informal
  44. 44. YouthBuild – National Mentoring Alliance Tommy L. McClam is an nationally sought-after speaker. He offers a wide range of services to community, faith -based organizations, schools, corporations, professional associations, and government agencies seeking comprehensive guidance in planning and implementing safe and effective mentoring programs for youth and adults. Pastor Tommy McClam Program Director 45
  45. 45. Century Center for Economic Opportunity (CCEO) YouthBuild David’s experience began in college where he tutored and mentored minority youth in the low-income communities. David was a curriculum coordinator for City Year Los Angeles, providing high school youth the means to express themselves against social injustices through workshops and community service. Now, he cultivates youth leaders from the worst areas of Los Angeles by providing tools to make social change and opportunities to apply what they have learned in service to theirDavid Durand, Mentor Leadership communities.Coordinator 46
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  50. 50. Before we go…All attendees will receive an email after the webinarthat will include: Instructions for how to access PDF of presentation slides and webinar recording Link to the Mentoring Forum for resources, contact information & opportunities to continue the dialogue Please help us by taking the time to complete a short 5-question survey as you exit the webinar. 51
  51. 51. Future Webinars May 17 - STEM Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities Youth with disabilities, along with girls and racial/ethnic minorities are under- represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Mentoring is one approach that has been identified as a promising practice. Panelists will include Laurie Powers and Jo-Ann Sowers, both from Portland State University. 52
  52. 52. 2012 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series Thank you! Michael Garringer, michael.garringer@educationnorthwest.org Celeste Janssen, celeste@oregonmentors.org Sarah Kremer, sarah@friendsforyouth.org April Riordan, april@mpmn.org Amber Troupe, troupea@michigan.gov December Warren, dwarren@iyi.orgCollaboration of Education Northwest/National Mentoring Center, Friends for Youth, Indiana Mentoring Partnership, Mentor Michigan, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, and Oregon Mentors