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Youth Leadership Development Webinar

This was the first webinar in our Nuts 'n' Bolts series. The topic was “Developing Youth Leadership” and was facilitated by Kristina Gelardi, FYA’s resource development specialist, in partnership with a youth co-facilitator. Watch the video below, or access it here.  Read More

State-by-state legislation won by foster youth-led groups

Category : General Resources
  A GROWING LIST  Below is a partial list of state legislation that foster youth-led organizations and Youth Advisory Councils have passed since the 90’s. It’s a big list. Fifty-three pieces of law, most by FYA network members. This list is incomplete, so please tell us which groups and which...
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Tips for Writing Agendas and Preparing to Lead Meetings

Category : Adult Allies General
It can be hard as an adult advisor or ally to know just how to help. But, there are in fact important roles for adults. Investing in youth empowerment may require that youth be taught skills in order to lead effectively. Just as children learn to read, by first learning...
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What Makes a Good Adult Ally

Category : General
Based on ideas from ILP BSC youth members Adapted from the CA ILP BSC document designed for County Teams What is an ally? Simply put, an ally is someone who believes in youth empowerment, supports the work that the youth are doing and will take the steps needed to help...
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Support During Meetings – The Role of a Coach

Category : Adult Allies General
Often, the hardest part of being an adult advisor or ally is knowing when to step in and when to let youth try to work through challenges or conversations on their own. Sometimes it is hard to trust the process of youth development, particularly because it may take days, weeks,...
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Successful Support for Youth Development

Category : Adult Allies General
Successful Support for Youth Development: A Framework for Building Strong Youth Leaders Youth development is an ongoing process that can take days, weeks, months, or years. Of course there are some youth who already have many of these skills, and that is fantastic, but many youth need support in developing...
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FYA Retention Tip Sheet

Category : General
Why is retention important? Retention is the efforts used to keep participants involved in your organization. Not only is important to think about how to bring new people in, it’s important to keep people once they are there. Youth leadership is a unique opportunity and the longer people stay involved...
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FYA Recruitment Tip Sheet

Category : General
Why is recruitment important? Recruitment is an ongoing process of actively doing outreach to attract new participants to your organization. There are many reasons why recruitment is important. Small groups of people can make great change, but more people can have an even bigger impact! The more youth involved in...
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Effective Debriefs for Successful Youth Development

Successful youth development requires much of the work to be done before and after meeting times. Debriefs are a great opportunity for skill building, as they are an opportunity for youth to reflect on their leadership experiences (e.g., facilitation, public speaking). The importance of this step is often over looked...
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