At Earth Force, it’s our job to stay on top of the latest and greatest trends around youth engagement. I asked staff to share their favorite youth engagement resource, both new and old. Check out our list below and shake it up with young people in the classroom, afterschool program, or community outreach.
Genora, Partnership Coordinator – “I love the Enviroscape. It’s a great visual tool and really helps in getting kids to understand pollution, runoff, and watersheds.”
Jan, Director, GM GREEN – “The Ladder of Youth Engagement was created to encourage youth and adults to examine why and how young people participate throughout communities. Earth Force uses this tools to help educators, partners, and communities measure youth’s involvement and push for adults to continue to elevate leadership roles for young people.”
Donny, Director, Center for Uncommon Collaboratives – “My favorite tool for youth engagement is a kick net. A kick net is low-tech, time-honored tool of aquatic ecologists. It’s versatile and easy-to-use. As a water educator, I think of a kick net as a gateway device to introduce children to their watersheds and hyperlocal environmental health conditions. After 40-plus years of mucking around creeks, my giddiness when I dip a macroinvertebrate sample remains. Collecting critters from a stream and checking them out – up close for the first time – is, without fail, a joyful and unforgettable educational experience.”
Kristen, Communications Manager – “I love this public speaking lesson plan used in the Power Up! Speak Up! public speaking competition. It helps youth understand how to use the power of their voice to clearly articulate an issue, speak with confidence, and generate feedback and support. “
Kurt, Sr. Program Manager – “The Caring for Our Watersheds student workbook supports youth in putting together a funding proposal, budget and all, for a project or passion they want to pursue.”
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