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July/August 2024Vol. 25, No. 6Youth Collaboratory Releases Youth Leadership and Collaboration Guide

A new tool from Youth Collaboratory provides guidance for developing and sustaining youth and young adult leadership groups. Guide to Authentic Youth Leadership and Collaboration was designed for youth and young adult leaders, advocates, and adult partners to apply across various human services sectors.

The guide is a product of Youth Collaboratory’s youth catalyst team. It features sections on developing mission and vision statements, establishing a team culture, determining compensation and invoicing, optimizing team functionality and workstyles, organizing meetings and events, and creating and facilitating group presentations.

Each section provides thorough guidance designed to be adapted to the needs and goals of individual groups. For example, the team culture section addresses the following topics:

  • Mutual agreements
  • Managing disagreement and restorative practices
  • Power and decision-making dynamics
  • Supporting young leaders in their roles
  • Peer relationships and dynamics
  • Self-care and community care
  • Formality of spaces
  • Increasing engagement
  • Virtual team building
  • Communications
  • Team representation
  • Transition and closure

Explore the guide for more details about prioritizing youth leadership and establishing youth and young adult leadership groups. It is available on the Youth Collaboratory website.