Dep’t of Human Rights Professional Development Opportunity Positive Youth Development May 8, 2006
Objectives • Introduce Positive Youth Development. • Introduce ICYD. • Learn what you can do.
Positive Youth Development • Ongoing process in which all youth are engaged and invested, and in which young people seek ways to meet their basic physical and social needs and build competencies and connections necessary for survival and success.
Positive Youth Development • Ongoing process in which all youth are engaged and invested, and in which young people seek ways to meet their basicphysical and social needs and build competencies and connections necessary for survival and success.
Basic Assumptions • All youth are going to develop. • All youth are going to try to connect with others. • All youth interact on some level with adults. • All adults (and youth) want youth to succeed and contribute to society.
PYD Nuts and Bolts • Frames issues differently, focusing on the positive skills and attributes we want youth to have. • Encourages collaboration across various sectors. • Focuses on the services, opportunities, and supports young people need to become productive adults.
What the research says…. • National Academy of Sciences: Community Programs to Promote Youth Development “Adolescents who spend time in communities that are rich in developmental opportunities experience less risk and show evidence of higher rates of positive development. A diversity of program opportunities in each community is more likely to support broad adolescent development and attract the interest of and meet the needs of a greater number of youth.” • Research supports positive youth development programs: • Increases positive behavior and decreases problem behaviors • Youth/Adult partnerships work • Positive environments are proven to be effective
Now what? • ICYD began in 1999 • Works to align policies of multiple youth-serving agencies. • Promotes youth development and collaboration through the use of the Iowa’s Promise marketing message. • Provides T/TA. • Encourages Youth Involvement.
Adopted a Youth Development Results Framework with results, indicators, and strategies to guide the work of engaged agencies. CJJP decat process Learning Supports initiative ICVS Iowa’s Promise initiative Iowa Afterschool Alliance State-local collaboration sites IDPH ESCAPe initiative State of Promise AmeriCorps Grants National Recognition Nat’l Crime Prevention Council Nat’l Governor’s Association Nat’l Council of State Legislators Ready by 21 Initiative America’s Promise Harvard Family Research Project Mott Foundation State Policy Work
Result Area Components FamilyAll Youth have the benefit of Safe and Supportive Families, Schools and Communities Economic security, Basic needs (housing, food, etc.), Positive relationships with family members, Safe communities, Safe and effective schools, Quality youth programs & opportunities, Positive connections with adults, Continuum of effective services and interventions YouthAll Youth are Healthy and Socially Competent Physical and mental health status, Lifestyle choices (e.g., avoidance of risky behaviors), Personal and social development, Pro-social relations YouthAll Youth are Successful in School School attachment and Academic achievement Youth All Youth are Prepared for a Productive Adulthood Vocational and career awareness, Employability skills, Self sufficiency and Life skills, Civic engagement (voting), Community involvement, and Youth Leadership Iowa Youth Development Results Framework
Adopted the Five Promises • Ongoing relationships with caring adults • Safe places to learn and grow • A healthy start and future • Marketable skills through effective education • Opportunities to give back through community service
Training and Technical Assistance • Provide Advancing Youth Development Training • Monthly e-files • Access to data (Iowa Youth Survey) • Website (www.icyd.org) • Bring in speakers, tools, and hold policy forums. • Task Force meetings, ICN’s, etc.
Youth Involvement • YES Ambassador • Work with individual communities and organizations around strategies. • Work with State of Promise program to train AmeriCorps members to engage youth. • Help group start youth advisory boards; include youth voice. • Work with SIYAC
State of Iowa Youth Action Committee • Started in 2000 • Designed to advise policy-makers and executive administrators. • Serves as an advisory council to ICYD. • Twenty diverse high school youth from across the state. • Meets monthly in Des Moines and can be accessed by contacting Amy Croll.
Policy issues Encourage collab with established groups. Adopt language that allows flexibility @ the local level. Utilize existing groups for funding when poss. and encourage locals to do the same. Focus on the outcomes we want for youth instead of what we want them to avoid. Training and technical assistance Utilize services provided such as policy forums, trainings on PYD, etc. Get involved in shaping some of ICYD’s activities. Challenge us to think of populations that we typically don’t reach. Promote training opportunities/website to locals looking for info on youth, data, and/or ways to involve young people in programs and community. How does this apply to you?
Youth Involvement • Utilize SIYAC as a sounding board if you don’t have another youth group to gather feedback and input from. • Encourage local/state groups who are trying to involve youth on their boards to be trained in youth/adult partnerships. • Before engaging youth, make sure to articulate the purpose of their engagement and have a role for youth to play.
More information www.icyd.org Amy Croll Amy.firstname.lastname@example.org 281-5999 Steve Michael 281-6509 Steve.Michael@iowa.gov Carla Bennett Carla.email@example.com 242-5836
Making the Grade in Iowa Supports for Student Learning & Performance
The Vision For every student in every school and community in Iowa to achieve at high levels requires that schools and school districts, in collaboration with their community partners, develop a comprehensive, cohesive approach to delivery of learning supports that is an integral part of their school improvement efforts. -- Judy Jeffrey, 2004
Learning Supports Activities, programs, and services (beyond core classroom instruction) that are intended to facilitate the learning and development to ensure student success in school and in life.
System of Learning Supports A set of supports, internaland externalto the educational system, that operate cohesively as a comprehensive continuum to support learning for all students in a school.
Range of Learners No Barriers I = Motivationally ready & able to learn what the teacher is prepared to teach Some students who are not very motivated/ lacking prerequisite knowledge & skills II = A few students with complex and intensive barriers to their learning III = Success in School Barriers to Learning Learning Supports 1.Classroom focused supplements to instruction 2. Safe, healthy, and caring learning environments 3. Support for transitions 4. Family support and involvement 5. Child/Youth engagement 6. Community partnerships
Getting from a fragmented system with multiple goals… Substance Abuse Prevention Family Life Educa-tion ACADEMICS Academics Violence Prevention Service Learning CharacterEducation School-Family-Community Partnerships Community Outreach Parent Programs Health Educa-tion All Iowa children & youth are successful in school Family Support and Involve-ment …to a system of Learning Supports oriented toward student achievement Safe, Healthy School Environ-ment Transitions Supplements to Instruction
All Iowa youth are successful in school Learning Supports Leadership (Governance and Resource Management) (Addressing Barriers to Development & Learning) Working Together to Improve Student Outcomes Agencies (Human Services, Health, etc.) Faith-Based Groups Academic Instruction (Direct facilitation of learning) Youth as Partners Organizations (YMCA, Scouts, 4-H, Parks & Rec.) Families Business
To fulfill our Promises to Iowa Children & Youth: • Caring Adults • Safe Places • A Healthy Start • Marketable Skills • Opportunities to Serve
Deb.Samson@iowa.govPEC Coordinator515-242-5295 Jane.Todey@iowa.govLearning Supports Consultant 515-281-8514
Iowa Department of Public HealthIowa SAFE Community Network • Program began in 1989 • Substance abuse free environment • Now SAFE – a safe community • SAFE is a planning and organizational framework to reduce substance abuse in Iowa communities • Organize people – build a coalition or join forces with other community efforts • Provide training • Assess the Community’s Needs • Create a 3 Year Plan
SAFE - Purpose • The Mission of the Iowa SAFE Community Network is to build a safe and healthy Iowa by mobilizing local coalitions to coordinate community-wide (neighborhood, county) prevention efforts, which reduce substance abuse, violence, crime and associated problems.
How does the Work We Do Help Communities in Iowa? • Organize efforts, avoid duplication • Build capacity to address substance abuse issues • Bring together sectors in the community • Assess current strengths and needs in the community • Create a plan of action to address issues identified in the assessment • SAFE is not a “program” but an organizing framework
Prevention Strategies used by SAFE Coalitions • Information and Awareness Host a community forum Develop a resource guide Articles for local newspaper • Environmental Strategies Tobacco free restaurant ordinances Keg Registration Compliance checks at convenience stores • Alternative Activities Host substance free community activities for youth and adults. Promote or host Alcohol free after Prom and graduation parties
Who Are Our Partners? • 23 Comprehensive Prevention Agencies • Community Coalitions throughout the State of Iowa • Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development • New partnership – America’s Promise
How might SAFE and Community Partnerships work together? • Do you know if there is a SAFE coalition in your community? • Attend a SAFE coalition meeting, share what your goals are or invite them to your meeting. • If goals are similar, support shared initiatives, activities • Involve youth in both groups, have members represented in each group • Consider joining forces
I have a question… • Contact: Marilyn Alger Iowa Department of Public Health (515) 281-4816 firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Empowerment Achieving Results
Iowa Community Empowerment “Empowerment was founded on the vision that communities and state government could work together to improve the well being of families with young children.” --- Dr. Robert Koob, Iowa Empowerment Board Chairperson December, 2000
Iowa’s Vision for Early Childhood: Every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy and successful.
Purpose of Community Empowerment • Build an early care, health and education system through • Partnerships; • Empower individuals and communities; • Improve the well-being of young children and their families • Achieve results
State and Local PartnershipShared Responsibility • Achieving Results • Citizen Involvement • Strengthen Systems Alignment • Build Collaboration/ Partnerships • Accountability State Structures Local Structures
Community Empowerment Structure State Advisory Councils Community Empowerment Areas Iowa Empowerment Board Local Advisory Council Community Empowerment Area Contacts State Structures Local Structures Office of Empowerment Technical Assistance Partners (AEAs, Community Colleges, ISU Extension, Other) State Empowerment Team
Healthy Children Children Ready to Succeed in School Safe and Supportive Communities Secure and Nurturing Families Secure and Nurturing Child Care Environments Low Birth Weight Immunized Children Pre-literacy Skills Children in Quality Preschools Crime Rate Juvenile Crime Employment Rate Incidence of Child Abuse Teen Births Child Abuse in a Child Care Setting Availability of Child Care Quality Child Care Ratings (in development) Result Areas/Indicators *The Iowa Empowerment Board approved the revised indicators on September 9, 2005, to track statewide progress toward the results.
Iowa Empowerment Board Leadership Agenda – FY 2006 Achieving Desired Results The Iowa Empowerment Board will empower Iowans and their communities to achieve desired results for improving the quality of life for children (0-5) and their families. Collaboration The Iowa Empowerment Board, public and private organizations, and communities develop collaborations tobuild an interdependent system that is both comprehensive and integrated, for children (0-5) and their families. Advocacy The Iowa Empowerment Board will lead policy development and build public engagement for support for Early Childhood and Early Learning forchildren (0-5) and their families.
State Empowerment Team • Interagency Representation • Department of Economic Development • Department of Education • Department of Human Rights • Department of Human Services • Department of Management • Department of Public Health • Staff time in kind contribution from departments • Team provides technical assistance to communities
State Empowerment Team • Technical Assistance • Provide assistance to community empowerment areas • Disseminate information statewide • Promote community capacity and leadership • Provide guidance on system building • Provide connections or linkages to additional assistance • i.e. co-sponsoring training with PCA-Iowa and CPPC
www.empowerment.state.ia.us • Newsletter • Empowerment Legislation • Meeting Agendas/Minutes • CEA Local Information - map • Result/Data Information & Links • Tool Kit • Advocacy Toolkit
Community Empowerment Areas • 58 areas representing all 99 counties • Areas are geographically self-defined • Areas implement community plans