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YouLEAD Courses & Community
 

Working in collaboration with schools and organizations, IICRD delivers YouLEAD programming in communities across Canada and internationally. Programming includes pracitioner training, applied learning and supporting a community of practice.

 

"Thank you for this course. This has been pivotol for my life going forward."
- YouLEAD Course Participant

Together, YouLEAD creates:

  • Supportive space to experience belonging and shared reflection
  • Activities to deepen skills for excellent practice
  • Support to reframe challenges into strength-based responses
  • Time out to recover, reflect and grow, at times, in nature-based settings
  • Opportunity to design action plans that apply learnings

 

About YouLEAD Courses

To support pracitioner learning, IICRD offers a YouLEAD Certificate Program [9 credits]. This includes seven courses and two applied learning mentorship projects. See our course descriptions below for more information. 

YouLead also offers customized certificate training, cross-country youth worker gatherings, conference presentations and publishing, as well as post-secondary credit opportunities. Learn more about how to book YouLEAD in your school or organization. 
 

COURSE 1: THE JOURNEY 

The Journey is a 4-day experiential land-based course, focused on strengthening one’s self-awareness and stronger practice in relation to work with children, youth, and families. Activities include deep inner reflection, talking circles, connection to nature and sense of place, and work with Elders including traditional cultural activities. The Journey course promotes a strong personal foundation for safely and mindfully engaging in strength-based, community & culture-centred support for children and youth. We prefer to work with local Elders and knowledge keepers to ensure local relevance and respect for the natural territory. Read this story from course participant, Justin Young, to learn more about the impact of YouLEAD's Journey course. 

Key Competencies

This course addresses the following comptencies from YouLEAD's Competency Map.

  • Respond to Challenges
  • Strength-Based Paradigm
  • Self in Community
  • Traditional Stories
  • Cultural Competencies
  • Cross Cultural Skills

 

COURSE 2: CREATIVE APPROACHES TO ENGAGING CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN COMMUNITY 

Creative Approaches is a 3-day experiential course that offers practical tools and approaches for practitioners to engage with young people (and their community) to reflect on the complex realities facing them. This course draws on IICRD’s Circle of Rights mapping tools which have been used in many countries to help young people identify and make changes in their communities using rights based approaches. These and other creative art tools will show course participants “how” to do participatory, culturally grounded community development to support social change.

Key Competencies

This course addresses the following comptencies from YouLEAD's Competency Map.

  • Lead Effective Meetings
  • Strength-Based Paradigm
  • Self in Community
  • Cross Cultural Skills
  • Clarify Personal Values
  • Sustainable Development
  • Community Based Action
  • Cultivate Care
  • Meaningful Conversations
  • Create Connections
  • Collaborative Approaches
  • Child and Human Development

 

COURSE 3: THE FLIGHT OF THE THUNDERBIRD 

The Flight of the Thunderbird is a 3-day course that addresses how to use traditional Indigenous teachings and values as a holistic framework for youth programming  & accountability. In the Flight of the Thunderbird, Snuneymuxw (Coast Salish) Elder Xelimulh/Kasalid, Bill White, and Dr. Philip Cook will draw on rich experiences working with traditionally trained Elders in Canada, South Africa, and Mexico to 'echo' traditional teachings and help communities enhance human strengths and resilience to allow these teachings to “take flight”. Explore how Elder teachings are supporting pracitioners to work with young people in this impact story.

Key Competencies

This course addresses the following comptencies from YouLEAD's Competency Map.

  • Power Dynamics Analysis
  • Cultural Competency
  • Traditional Stories
  • Self in Community
  • Sustainable Development
  • Clarify Personal Values
  • Social Responsibility
  • Cultivate Care
  • Community Based Action
  • Create Connections

 

COURSE 4: IN ACCOUNTABLE ACTION 

We look practically at tools to integrate traditional knowledges into assessment and monitoring programs and other community interventions. This includes looking at strategies to manage complex, contemporary challenges such as family and community violence, HIV/AIDS, discrimination and extreme poverty.

Key Competencies

This course addresses the following comptencies from YouLEAD's Competency Map.

  • Respond to Challenges
  • Community Based Action
  • Create Connections
  • Social Responsibility
  • Traditional Stories
  • Collaborative Approaches
  • Child Human Development
  • Personal Accountability

 

COURSE 5: THE ART AND PRACTICE OF HOSTING AND HARVESTNG MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS

The Art and Practice of Hosting and Harvesting Meaningful Conversations is a 3-day course (or 4-day with supervised practice time) that shares simple and powerful practices for hosting community conversations on issues that matter to participants. Doing important and purposeful work in communities usually involves working with diversity, complexity, conflict and uncertainty. The training is based on honouring and seeing the strengths in every person and community.

We provide hands on opportunities for participants to learn and practice facilitating meaningful dialogue that brings different perspectives together towards a common outcome – in the spirit of community listening, healing, and cross-cultural reconciliation. 

Key Competencies

This course addresses the following comptencies from YouLEAD's Competency Map.

  • Meaningful Conversations
  • Community Based Action
  • Lead Effective Meetings
  • Create Connections
  • Cross Cultural Skills
  • Collaborative Approaches
  • Respond to Challenges
  • Strength-Based Paradigm

 

COURSE 6: RESPONSE ABLE PATHS TO GROW©* (rap2grow)

RAP2Grow is a 4-day course (which can also be offered as 4 x 1-day professional development sessions spread over a year.) This course offers leading-edge theory and skills-practice sessions focused on Restorative Practices with young people. Based on positive psychology and solution-focused therapy, rap2grow helps participants understand how young people function and grow, as well as how stress and trauma impact development and functioning. The course focuses on practical skills to respond to pain-based behaviours in a relational way that leads to positive psychosocial outcomes.

*rap2grow is designed by IICRD Associate, Lesley DuToit, MSc and Erik K. Laursen, PhD. IICRD facilitators have been trained by them to deliver the course materials and adapt to local contexts in Canada.
 

Key Competencies

This course addresses the following comptencies from YouLEAD's Competency Map.

  • Power Dynamics Analysis
  • Strength-Based Paradigm
  • Respond to Challenges
  • Cross Cultural Skills
  • Understand Trauma
  • Child and Human Development

 

COURSE 7: HOLISTIC FACILITATION LAB 

This course is a 3-day experiential exploration of facilitation theories and techniques for use with any small to medium sized groups, e.g. including youth groups and planning groups who want to have more effective meetings and shared decision-making. Participants look at the role of cultural and emotional safety and how to design helpful agendas and when to “go with the flow”. Participants will experience a variety of group processes and learn how to lead and debrief them, including storytelling, circles, games, small group work, participatory decision-making. Basics of conflict management will also be addressed.


Key Competencies

This course addresses the following comptencies from YouLEAD's Competency Map.

  • Lead Effective Meetings
  • Power Dynamics Analysis Strength-Based Paradigm
  • Commit to Reflexivity
  • Cross Cultural Skills
  • Self in Community
  • Personal Accountability

 

 

Applied Learning Opportunities

This applied learning project offers an opportunity to receive mentorship from highly trained and skillful practitioners as you integrate learning from the courses into an actual community initiative or personal project (e.g. business or academic goals.)

Personal/Community Development Project (Mentorship 1 & Mentorship 2)

In Mentorship 1 a personal learning and project plan are created and an appropriate mentor will be identified. In Mentorship 2, a mentor will work with you over 6-18 months to check-in and offer guidance as you implement the plan.

Key Competencies

This course addresses the following comptencies from YouLEAD's Competency Map.

  • Community Based Action
  • Collaborative Approaches
  • Personal Accountability
  • Self In Community
  • Strength-Based Paradigm
  • Clarify Personal Values
  • Respond to Challenges
  • Lead Effective Meetings
  • Social Responsibility

 

Community of Practice

YouLEAD reinforces course experiences through virtual learning circles to integrate program learning into practice. This includes a private on-line platform to strengthen social networks and deepen learning as well as to access to peers and practitioners from around the world. Explore our past topics for learning circles.

Learn more about how to book YouLEAD in your school or community.

 

 

Imagine a world where we build on the core strengths of children, their families, and communities, to create dignity, belonging, and justice for all.

 

Contact Info

International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)

based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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+1 (250) 891-2424
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