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How to Build an Effective
Youth Council
September 11, 2014
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Kara McDonagh
Juvenile Justice Program Specialist
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
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Webinar Objectives
• Present an overview of the United National Indian
Tribal Youth (UNITY) Network.
• Discuss ways to build an effective youth council.
• Provide resources to start a UNITY youth council.
How to Build an Effective
Youth Council
September 11, 2014
Presenter
Jeri “ Wauliba” Brunoe
Owner
Brunoe Training and Consulting Services
Presenter
Jared Ivins-Massey
Programs Support Assistant
Today’s Native Leaders
United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.
www.unityinc.org
Open in a Good Way!
How to Build an Effective
Youth Council
National Youth "TODAY'S NATIVE LEADER'S" Leadership
Initiative
Keys to a Successful Youth Council
Youth Voice
Strong Engagement
Build Youth Capacity
Deepen Motivation
Negotiate Opportunities
Cultural Opportunity
Keys to a Successful Youth Council
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Build a Strong Foundation
Address the Issues of Y.C.
Strong Infrastructure
Safe Work Environment
POLL QUESTION #1
Give purpose to your Youth
Council!
Discuss the why's...
What kind of Youth Council do
you want to be?
Identify
~ Prevention
~ Youth Voice
~ Community Service
~ Youth Leadership
~ Employment
~ Youth Development
~ Education
~ Youth Action
~ Recreational Activities
~ Youth Service
~ Culturally Oriented
~ Youth Governance
Youth Council Organization
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President, Vice President
Co-Presidents (male/female)
Alternates (male/female)
Voting membership
Panel selection process
Charter & by-laws
Roberts Rules of Order
Traditional meeting management
(consensus, talking circles)
Other Youth Council
Considerations
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Community Tribal Council
Sanctioned
Budget
Youth Council Advisor
Youth Council Advisory Board
Other...
POLL QUESTION #2
Youth Voice, Youth Led
Gather information
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Youth survey
Adult survey
Community survey
Community dinner
Poll on Facebook
Present at
schools/events
Next Steps...
1. Brain Storm and/or Mind-Map
a. Goals - Prioritize Top 3
b. Strategies
c. Tasks and/or Activities
2. Identify Resources
3. Identify Steering Committee's
4. Quantify & Qualify
5. Assign Responsibilities as a Youth Council
MIND MAPPING.com
Example
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Implement
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Sustain
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Budget
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Schedule
Charter
By-laws
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Purpose
Youth Council
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Tasks
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Organization
Vision Mission
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Resources
Goal
Projects
3
Survey's
Purpose: Community Service Projects
Goal: Organize Youth Council
Strategy: Develop Action Plan
Tasks (Activities)
Persons
Responsible/Co
mmittee
Develop
Dean Martin
Vision/Mission 555-122-3445
Complete
Resources
Available
Progress & Comments
Contacts
12/15
Flip Chart &
Supplies
Draft M/V created;
scheduled time
w/advisory board to
finalize
Billy Joe,
Advisor
list started,
developed survey
Tribal
Council
Identify Needs &
Resources
Joe Joe
778-2134
2/1/15
Advisor
Budget
Johnny Depp
1/15/15
Grant
Need assistance to
develop
Taylor,
Advisor
Scheduling & Communicating
Consistent meeting time & place
Youth Council Meetings
Steering Committees
UNITY Regional
Identify best communication with Youth Council members
example: facebook, email, text, etc.
Develop a marketing plan
Join National UNITY network
Budget
• Guiding force will be projects and
activities of your Youth Council and/or
grant funding.
• Refer to Resource list to identify
possible funding sources
• Ask for examples from other Youth
Councils
• Assistance from Advisor
Note: Research is very important!
Implementing
• Youth are engaged, learning,
developing, building skills and
having fun
• Creating Positive Change
• Culture Significance
• Collaborate and network
Note: Remember not to try to do it on your own.
Sustain
~Recruit & Retention
~Outreach
e-newsletters
media's
facebook
website
Special events
~Collaborate
Network
Student
~Exchanges
Engage
local outlets
~National, Regional
~Community &
~Leadership
~Fundraiser's
Donations
~Evaluate Your Program
Document
Grants &
Contracts
everything
POLL QUESTION #3
Build Trust
~Integrate Culture
~Team Build
a. Talking Circles
b. Ice Breakers
c. Activities
d. Safe Place
~Create Support
a. Extended Family
b. Individually
Youth Council's Build
Integrity to be honest with yourself and others.
Non-judgement is not judging yourself or others.
Expanded Comfort Zones is taking healthy risks that you
normally would not take.
Positive Attitude is creating a positive, solution oriented
atmosphere.
Self-confidence is building and practicing skills everyday.
Unconditional acceptance is accepting yourself and others.
STRENGTH BASED YOUTH COUNCILS
Teach Possibility
Determination
Solution Oriented
Courage
Coping Skills
Use their Imagination to
Create
Give Them Choices
Mentorship
Healthy Risks
Intrinsic Values
Culture & Traditions
Have Fun & Laughter
Resources
United National Indian Tribal Youth UNITYinc.com
Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention
TribalYouthProgram.org
Brunoe Training & Consulting JeriBrunoe.com
National Indian Youth Leadership Project NIYLP.org
National Congress of American Indians NCAI.org
Running Strong For American Indian Youth IndianYouth.org
Closing Q & A
Please take 5 minutes to complete the online evaluation,
which will be accessible at the conclusion of this Webinar.
Webinars on OJJDP’s Online University
This event will be archived on OJJDP’s Online University.
For the audio recording and support materials, visit
www.nttac.org/index.cfm?event=trainingCenter.Homepage
For more information, please contact:
OJJDP’s National Training and Technical Assistance
Center (NTTAC)
http://www.nttac.org
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
http://www.ojjdp.gov
This project was supported by Grant # 2013TYFXK008, awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice
and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions,
findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Webinar
(publication/program/exhibition) are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the
Department of Justice.
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