Researchers at the National Park Foundation Conservation Study Institute and Shelburne Farms used the literature review to develop a number of strategies to engage young adults in park or community-based sustainability research, service and action.
- Involve youth in real world challenges
- Ensure a diversity of participants and perspectives
- Invite and value youth input and perspectives
- Cultivate partnerships with and among community organizations, citizens, and youth
- Routinely engage youth in critical reflection
- Seek longer term projects and involvement
- Collaborate with higher education institutions, youth-serving organizations, potential employers, or other entities to create “stepping” stones that enable sustained involvement.
- Use a service-learning or community-based research approach in youth programs.
For more sample strategies, read the original publication.
SOURCE: Program Design Principles from the Literature Review. In: Duffin, M., Laven, D., Pranis, E., Mitchell, N., & Camp, M. (2009). Engaging young adults in a sustainable future: strategies for national parks and other special places. Woodstock, Vermont: The National Park Service Conservation Study Institute and Shelburne Farms.