The most creative aspect of the work of staff in a youth program is the role of bringing together a variety of people - youth, employers, school personnel, parents, and community organizations. In a successful program, a positive synergy develops, and each aspect of programming reinforces the others. At any of our statewide or regional conferences or meetings, we hear success stories about ways that Connecting Activities staff and others have worked to set creative partnerships in motion in their communities.
Success stories may be very specific -- the parent of a student in your program volunteers to be a career speaker; a career speaker decides to offer a summer job or internship; a student intern makes a visible and positive contribution to a local community organization. Success stories may be community-wide -- the community mobilizes for a fundraiser or a summer jobs campaign or to open a new youth career center; a school organizes a school-wide strategy to raise gradaution rates; an employer group makes a commitment to mentoring students in your community.
In successful programs, participating youth are energized by their experiences. Youth develop new skills, gain valuable experiences, and see new connections between the work they are doing in school and their future careers. Through school, workplace and community activiites, they start to envision future career and educational paths and have confidence in their first steps toward career development.
This section of the website provides links related to:
- Youth development concepts
- Employer partnerships
- Connecting witih school and community initiatives
- Connecting with parents
- Marketing, messaging and media