Engaging youth adults in a sustainable future: strategies for national parks and other special places

Posted By Alex Kudryavtsev on 3/5/2011 9:31:31 AM
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.

Strategies:
  • 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.
http://www.nps.gov/csi/pdf/Engaging%20Young%20Adults.pdf

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