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A New Generation of Leaders. Creating Youth Leadership Institutes in Your Community. Jim Casey Y outh L eadership I nstitute. Rationale Core Competencies Timeline Results. Customizing the National Model. Planning and Development Training Components Outcomes.

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a new generation of leaders

A New Generation of Leaders

Creating Youth Leadership Institutes in Your Community

jim casey y outh l eadership i nstitute
Jim Casey Youth Leadership Institute
  • Rationale
  • Core
  • Competencies
  • Timeline
  • Results
customizing the national model
Customizing the National Model
  • Planning and Development
  • Training Components
  • Outcomes
origins of the aspiring young leaders program
Origins of the ASPIRING Young Leaders Program
  • Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) at Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • One young leader from each site annually
  • Training helped participants blossom
  • Wouldn’t it be great to send more than one
  • Finally started with a talk on the beach
  • Hired an expert – YLI graduate
aspiring young leaders program1
ASPIRING Young Leaders Program

Goal & Results

To build upon the strengths of youth who have experienced foster care & empower young leaders across the state to succeed.

  • Increase understanding about issues in foster care
  • Develop leadership & advocacy skills
  • Create & have a network of relationships with peers and supportive adults
pre work
  • Develop training components

- Create agenda

- Facilitation

- Decide on venue

- Identify & Recruit young people

  • Applications & Interviews
  • Welcome packets (three weeks prior)
  • Transportation to training
training overview day 1
Training Overview: Day 1

Theme: Personality and Relational Development

  • MBTI Leadership Development (Trained Facilitator)
  • Objective: Young People have an understanding of their personality style and learn to work and balance with others
training overview day 2
Training Overview: Day 2

Theme: Advocacy

  • Scavenger Hunt: Overview of Programs (Young people introduce themselves to staff around the office, learning more about the program)
  • Terms and Language (Young people understand basic terms and language used in child welfare)
  • Effective Leadership (Young people understand different leadership styles and learn how to work with each other)
  • Strategic Sharing (Young people learn to share their story in a safe and meaningful way.
  • Case Planning Engagement (Young people acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their own case/life planning)
training overview day 3
Training Overview: Day 3

Theme: Practice Skills

  • Practice Panels (Young People put skills into practice & receive feedback)
  • Creating Bios (Young People have bios for professional engagements)
post training follow up
Post Training -Follow up
  • Alumni Network
  • Quarterly engagement events (social & educational)
  • Youth Board Engagement
  • Advanced Training
lessons learned challenges
Lessons LearnedChallenges
  • Transportation
  • Commitment – from youth & staff/guardian
  • Size of group & No. of groups matters
  • Training POD leaders well –identifying weaknesses & strategies to overcome
  • Learning disabilities/difficulty reading can be challenging
  • Younger age = challenge for representation at conferences out of state
  • Dealing with history
lessons learned solutions
Lessons Learned Solutions
  • List of participants given to POD leaders ahead of time to strategize
    • Tell participants to “check” history at door (part of being a professional & a leader)
  • Add a learning disability/reading level question to application
  • Find meaningful ways to keep younger youth engaged locally
  • Discuss transportation issues during interview
lessons learned solutions1
Lessons Learned Solutions
  • Staff/guardians & youth need to specifically be told that this is a serious commitment
  • Allow enough time for recruitment
  • Be very thorough with POD leaders around expectations & allow for time to train them
  • Talk candidly about POD leader strengths & weaknesses
lessons learned funding considerations
Lessons Learned Funding Considerations
  • Staff & consultant time – outreach, program & material development, implementation
  • Material - binders, applications, “fun buckets”, certificates, pens, etc.
  • Communications – brochures, website
  • Incentives – prizes, stipends
  • Transportation – bus passes
  • Food – home-cooked, delivered, snacks
  • Youth Board & other leadership experiences…
  • Works Wonders

Q & AJim Caseywww.jimcaseyyouth.orgMike Penomichael.s.peno@wmich.eduTiffany Barbosatiffanie.barbosa@fosterforward.netLiz Squibblsquibb@jimcaseyyouth.org