By David Lee on April 21, 2011 · tagged as , , , , , ,

Promoting youth engagement at upcoming prevention regional trainings

In May and early June I am looking forward to the remaining sessions of the regional training Enhancing our Primary Prevention Efforts: Intergenerational Partnerships, Engaging Youth and Social Change.  These interactive training sessions are a collaboration with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, Transforming Communities Technical Assistance, Training and Resource Center (TC-TAT) and CALCASA and are sponsored by the California Department of Public Health, Violence Prevention Unit.

Click here to register today for the upcoming sessions in Los Angeles (May 2), San Diego (May 3), Sacramento (May 12) or San Luis Obispo (June 1).

Check out what these participants from the March 31 session in Oakland had to say about this training:

I already shared in a previous blog how much I appreciate the concept of intergenerational partnership that is explored in the training. I also find the Power Continuum from the California Center for Civic Participation to be very helpful in considering how we engage youth in our prevention efforts:

No Youth Participation:  Unchallenged authority of adults.
Tokenism: Adults set the agenda and make all the decisions.  One or two young people may be included, but often without training and without a promise that their suggestions will be taken.
Consultation: Adults seek advice from young people, but on terms set by adults.
Representation: A select number of young people are put forward as representing their peers, usually through a committee system and with varying degrees of accountability.
Mentoring: Adults provide encouragement and impart skills/values to help a young person achieve success.
Partnership: Young people and adults set the agenda together, decide on issues and activities, and have joint accountability and shared responsibility.

What type of youth engagement do you want for your organization?

Register today for these free trainings that will bring together prevention staff from California rape crisis centers and domestic violence agencies.  You are recommended to invite community partners you would like add to this conversation about promoting prevention. All sessions will start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

Limited travel stipends are available upon request.

David Lee

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David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project PreventConnect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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