Youth Media Takes Root in Western Uganda

Deep in the jungle of western Uganda, youth from around the Nyarushanje sub-country journeyed over four kilometers a day to participate in a new initiate on media making. The Youth Media Initiative (YOMI), led by Henry Sempangi Sanyulye, worked in partnership with PeerLink...

Creating a Positive Climate

How to Develop an Environment That Supports Learning Learning centers have climates, just like cities or towns. It’s something you feel, something in the air. It’s more than just how a place­ looks—although that’s certainly important. You also sense it in the...

Youth Media in the Classroom: Lessons from LA

The youth media field is at a compelling and challenging crossroads in its ongoing evolution. Has there ever been a more promising time for young media makers and the field? The number of programs continues to grow. The channels of distribution are numerous. Today media making...

The Key to Engaging Students in Learning: Asking Good Questions

Good questioning skills may be the world’s most unsung talent. Ask the right questions in the right way, and you’ll engage people; do it differently, and you’ll put them off. Anyone who’s ever worked with youth knows how hard it can be to elicit...

Creating a Collaborative Learning Community

Good communication, collaboration and community-building skills are all closely related, so the good news is that when you reinforce one, you’re helping youth master the others. The most important thing is good modeling on your part. We often think of modeling simply in...

How To: Mapping

Mapping is a simple and wonderfully versatile technique that you can use with your colleagues and kids for brainstorming, organizing thoughts and generating ideas. They can be used to define a curriculum, plan a project, select a theme, develop a simple story or to add energy and...

Strategies for Family Engagement

The phrase “it takes a village” may be a cliché, but the fact is that your program is part of a network of people who have the goal of helping youth and their community. It would be just plain foolish not to use all of those people and relationships to help your...

Compelled to Make a Difference

What can you do with your life experiences? The painful ones, the hardships or loss?  How can you make things better, for yourself and for others in the same circumstance? You can share your story – like Tini, a young woman from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, who lost her parents...

Creating a Logic Model

What is a Logic Model? A logic model is “a systematic and visual way to present and share your understanding of the relationships among the resources you have to operate your program, the activities you plan to do, and the changes or results you hope to achieve.”...

Developing Lesson Plans

Lesson plans have three primary functions. First, the process of preparing them helps instructors organize their thoughts for each day’s work with youth. Second, they provide documentation that becomes the basis for reflection and future refinement of the instruction...