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Youth Voice & Reflection
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Session Outcomes:
– At the completion of this session,
participants will be able to identify
the components of the cycle of youth
voice
– At the completion of this session,
participants will be able to note areas
of success and improvements for
their projects related to youth voice
and reflection
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Take the Youth
Voice Challenge!
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You will have 3 minutes to complete the questionnaire.
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How did you do?
 Question #1
 a=1, b=2, c=4, d=3
 Question #2
 a=1, b=2, c=3, d=4
 Question #3
 a=2, b=4, c=1, d=3
 Question #4
 a=4, b=3, c=1, d=2
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Dan Miller
• Berlin Brothersvalley FFA
– Facilitating Strong Youth Voice: an
Advisors perspective
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Dan Miller – Youth Voice
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Take Pride!
Take interest in what your students do!
Have a goal in mind
Make sure you see an outcome
Challenge them
Listen to their ideas
Think outside the box
– Millers 5 P’s : Prior Preparation Prevents Poor
Performance
• Give students a chance – remember they are just kids!
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Cycle of Youth Voice
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• Listen to Youth Voice.
– means actively listening, not just hearing
youth
• Validate Youth Voice.
– means disagreeing – or agreeing – as we
honestly believe, and respecting young
people enough to explain why and search for
alternatives
• Authorize Youth Voice.
– means to provide practical steps towards
actual empowerment, instead of just words
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• Act on Youth Voice.
– means taking action; action is the most
important step and often seen as the
hardest
• Reflect on Youth Voice.
– means that you must plan to critically
assess and analyze the project;
learning becomes a more vibrant,
intricate, and powerful tool for change
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Authentic Youth Engagement is…
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Collective Activities are led by youth and adults together – not individually
Connected Activities embody interdependence and model it among youth and
adults
Empowering Youth voice is a driving force throughout activities
Equitable Adults recognize young people have differing backgrounds that
require different approaches
Focused Activities are appropriately outcome-driven
Healthy Respectful disagreement, speaking up, and other avenues that
equalize disparities between youth and adults are at the core of the activity
Learning Young people gain skills, knowledge and tools to be effect agents of
change
Mutually Beneficial Young people and adults acknowledge each other’s
dreams, actions, outcomes and reflections
Relevant Activities are responsive to the lives of young people
Responsible Adults and youth develop and sustain their capacity to be
“response-able”
Substantive Activity design and outcomes are designed to impact individuals,
organizations, communities and society
Self-Motivated Young people feel driven to participate
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Alice Dubois
• Ponchatoula FFA
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Creative and meaningful ways
to reflect
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Cycle of Reflection
What?
(Pre-Reflection)
Now What?
So What?
(Post Relection)
(Field Reflection
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What? Pre-reflection
Design reflective activities that help students prepare for the
service experience. Pre-reflective activities are designed to:
• Help students gather the needed knowledge for successful
service experience.
• Provide opportunities to practice application of knowledge
prior to service.
• Help students develop the problem-solving skills required to
address community concerns.
• Help students develop an understanding of community
needs and organizations.
• Help students develop information gathering skills for
collecting information required for service activities
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So What?
Field Reflection
• When challenges arise in the field, this
is the time where student’s problem
solving and critical thinking skills are
being put to the test.
• Communicating with students
throughout the service project is critical
to ensure students are performing
project tasks competently, and for
helping students refine and develop
their initial ideas.
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Now What?
Post Reflection
• Use reflection to connect service
experience back to disciplinary
knowledge and explore future
applications.
• Challenge students to think critically
about their service experiences and the
responsible application of knowledge
and public problem solving.
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