Positive Youth Development Learning Circles

Welcome!

This positive youth development learning series is designed to help groups of 4-H volunteers and educators learn more about PYD and youth-adult partnerships. The activites are hands-on, fun, and engaging. The sessions will work best at least 6 people in the learning group- the more the merrier!

The series uses activities from the following curricula:

YA4-H! Building Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships (Click on link to purchase)

YA4-H! Teens as Teachers (Click on link to purchase)

To participate in a learning session:

  1. Watch the Introduction to Positive Youth Development Overview Video if your group has not already done so. Click on the title to view the video

  2. Register each participant by following the links below
  3. Watch the introductory video for the session
  4. Do the activity together
  5. Debrief with the Clover Reflection

Part One: Introduction to Positive Youth Development and Learning

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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Positive Youth Development

(80 minute session)

Video Overview

Register Participants

  1. Establishing a community convent (15 Minutes; Y-AP Curriculum Page 17)
  2. Spectrum of Youth-Adult Partnership Attitudes Role Play (45 minutes; Y-AP Curriculum, Page 43)
  3. Clover reflection (10 minutes; Y-AP Curriculum, Page 61)
Materials
  • 32 index cards
  • Spectrum of Attitudes Posters (3 total)

Handouts

Say Adios to your Assumptions: The Ages and Stages of Youth Development

(75 minute session)

Video Overview

Register Participants

  1. Ages and stages role play (60 minutes; Teens as Teachers Curriculum, Page 23)
  2. Back to the Future Reflection (10 minutes; Y-AP Curriculum, Page 63)

Materials

  • Markers in a variety of colors
  • Flipchart paper
  • Props for role playing
  • Blank postcards

Handouts

Hands on- Heads-on! Exploring Experiential Learning and Learning Styles

(90 Minute Session)

Video Overview

Register Participants

  1. Experiential Learning (45 Minutes; Teens as Teachers Curriculum, Page 29)
  2. Learning Styles (30 minutes; Teens as Teachers Curriculum, Page 31)
  3. Clover reflection (10 minutes; Y-AP Curriculum, Page 61)

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Materials

  • 2 raw eggs per person
  • Egg “helmet” materials
  • Newspapers to spread on floor
  • Masking Tape
  • Markers
  • Flip Chart Paper
  • Props for role playing
  • Three pieces of large paper


Handouts:

The Essential Elements of 4-H Programs

(90 Minute Session)

Video Overview

Register Participants

  1. It’s Essential (40 Minutes; Teens as Teachers Curriculum, Page 25)
  2. Diversity Wheel (30 minutes; Teens as Teachers Curriculum, Page 15)
  3. Clover reflection (10 minutes; Y-AP Curriculum, Page 61)
Materials
  • Flip chart and paper
  • Markers
  • Sticky note pads
  • Talking stick or wand

Handouts

Part Two: Building Youth-Adult Partnerships

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Stages of Youth-Adult Partnerships

(80 Minute Session)

Video Overview

Register Participants

 

  1. Perceptions of Power (15 Minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum; Page 27).
  2. Stages of Youth-Adult Partnerships (45 Minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum, Page 39)
  3. Can the Balance of Power be Changed? (15 minutes; Y-AP Curriculum, Page 59)
Materials:
  • Flip chart and paper
  • Markers
  • Prepared flip charts with questions about Y-APS (page 39)

Exploring the Benefits of Youth-Adult Partnerships

(90 Minute Session)

Video Overview

Register Participants

  1. Benefits and Challenges of Youth-Adult Partnerships (45 Minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum; Page 27).
  2. How decisions are made (30 Minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum, Page 41)
  3. Clover reflection (10 minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum, Page 61)
Materials
  • Painter’s tape
  • 4*6 index cards, multiple colors
  • Fine-tipped markers

Handouts

Perceiving Limits and Solving Challenges- Together!

(90 Minute Session)

Video Overview

Register Participants

  1. Bound (45 Minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum; Page 37).
  2. Solving Challenges Together (30 Minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum, Page 49) (
  3. Clover reflection (10 minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum, Page 61)

 

Materials
  • 1 bandana per participant
  • Flip chart and paper
  • Markers and other creative material (e.g., paint, crayons, cloth, glue, colored paper, magazines and scissors)

Handouts

Part Three: Working Together Successfully

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Don’t Stop me Now! I am on a “Role”: Understanding your Role in Youth- Adult Partnerships

(75 Minute Session)

Video Preview

Register Participants

  1. What’s Your Role? (60 minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum; Page 53)
  2. Clover reflection (10 minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum, Page 61)

Materials

  • One 100 piece jigsaw puzzle
  • Riddles or brainteasers (see list on page 54 for ideas)
  • Two math word problems, or other solvable puzzles
  • A word problem

 

Handouts

Just Do What you do - BEST!

(85 Minute Session)

Video Preview

Register Participants

  1. Crossing the River (30 Minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum; Page 15)
  2. Doing What You Do Best (40 minutes, Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum; Page 55)
  3. Clover reflection (10 minutes; Youth-Adult Partnership Curriculum, Page 61)

Materials

  • Colored paper for islands, rocks and pebbles (crossing the river instructions)
  • Flip chart and paper
  • Markers

 

Handouts

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