This is an unprecedented time when the voices of young people are being elevated and honored on a national level. Their passion and wisdom are palpable forces for change. Vermont has long recognized the central role young people can and should play in shaping their learning and their world. This Forum will elevate youth voice and youth‐adult partnership in learning and decision‐making in schools as well as in social justice, environmental and sustainability issues on a local, state, and national level. Join this unusual and exciting opportunity is being offered at no cost!
What is the opportunity?
Join a network of young people who are emerging into leadership positions, and their adult partners, to further develop your skills as an agent of change in the work of leading yourself, leading others, and changing our world. Youth‐adult teams from around the state who already have a clear project for the coming year, will convene throughout the year to help build your capacity to effectively do this work. UP for Learning & the Center for Creative Leadership will collaborate to create the time and space for learning, growth, team building and planning. Together we will lay the foundation from which to build your school‐based initiatives, providing ongoing coaching and skill development throughout the year.
What are the initiative components?
- Shared time as a full learning community ‐ 3 days in the summer and 2 days in the winter
- Closing session for teams to reflect on the experience and plan steps moving forward
- Virtual learning community in‐between forums
- Credit bearing graduate course or Professional Development hours for adults
- Independent study or college credit for youth
Who can participate?
- Teams of 2 youth and 1-2 adults from a school who are committed to working as partners on a
- year‐long project.
- School teams already at work on a project, or teams that have identified a new project.
- Youth who have not previously joined in other structured leadership opportunities, including
- those who face resource barriers ( e.g., work responsibilities, transportation).
- Preference will be given to school teams from communities impacted by an opportunity gap
- and/or with limited resources for participation in structured leadership opportunities.
UP for Learning and The Center for Creative Leadership will provide:
- Three days of orientation and training (July 23‐25) to provide core knowledge and skills in leadership
- and agency.
- Two days of reflection and further training mid‐year (to be scheduled in the winter) to provide
- additional learning opportunities and project planning.
- Curriculum resources and materials.
- On‐ and off‐site coaching throughout the initiative.
- A remote platform (such as Google Group) to serve as a communications hub for Forum members.
- A closing session for teams to reflect on the experience and plan steps moving forward.
What is the school team’s commitment?
- Attend all 6 days of Forum meetings.
- Meet on a weekly basis at school to plan and implement all aspects of the project, including regular
- check‐ins as a team to continue learning and building confidence and competence.
- Offer youth team members credit and/or demonstration of evidence of proficiency in Transferrable
- Participate in the annual Power 2 Summit in the spring.
- Communicate regularly with UP faculty and provide written documentation as requested.
- Participate in an outside evaluation (University of Vermont researcher) to assess the impact of the
At least one adult will enroll in a three‐credit graduate course from Southern New Hampshire University or receive professional development hours toward recertification. This professional learning community experience includes:
- 4‐hour dinner meetings in September and March.
- A sustained discussion throughout the year by means of Google classroom, reflecting on relevant
- readings and sharing field‐based experiences.
- Adult partners must be ready to support youth in this project work on a weekly basis subsequent to the
- initial three-day training, helping with all organizational aspects of the project and providing guidance
- and support to youth team members.
- Adult partners will meet with staff from UP for Learning and The Center for Creative Leadership in
- advance of the Orientation and Training to establish consistent expectations.
- Adult partners will uphold school rules at meetings of the Forum.
- Orientation and Training: July 23‐25 (Lyndon State College)
- Mid‐Year Training: (to be scheduled in the winter at a central location)
- Power2 Conference (to be scheduled in the spring at a central location)
- Closing event for reflection and celebration
Who are the course leaders?
Youth and adult members of the Emerging Leaders Forum will work with staff members from UP for Learning and The Center for Creative Leadership.
The team of three to four (2 youth and 1‐2 adults) will complete a written application that introduces the team members and explains their project.
Preference will be given to:
- Youth who have not previously joined in other structured leadership opportunities, including those who
- face resource barriers ( e.g., work responsibilities, transportation).
- School teams from communities impacted by an opportunity gap and/or with limited resources for
- participation in structured leadership opportunities.
Cost and Contributions
There is no cost for participating in the Emerging Leaders Forum. Funding has been provided by the Bay and Paul Foundations, the McClure Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation.
- Schools will support the work by providing 2 release days during the school calendar (1 in winter and 1 in spring, and transportation to Forum meetings on those release days) for adults and youth on the team.
- Schools will work with Forum staff to identify any barriers to youth participation (e.g. transportation) and help problem‐solve these issues.
- At least one adult per school will enroll in either the graduate course or the Professional Development hours options and the school will cover the cost for those credits / hours.
- Youth will create an independent study (or identified school course option) and earn proficiency‐based high school credit for their work.
- The school will cover the cost for those credits.
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