When: November 1, 2017 9:30-11:00am
Location: 5301 Wisconsin Avenue, Conference Center B1,
Washington, DC 20015
While this was an event for the Youth Engagement CoP, we felt that the presentations were relevance for other CoPs too, in particular, Creative’s presentation is very relevant for the Youth in Peace and Security CoP members, and the TAAP Toolkit will be relevant for all CoPs.
The meeting’s host, Creative Associates, kicked off the event with a presentation on their public health approach to reducing violence, including the utilization of outreach centers and secondary prevention that focuses on family counseling to reduce youth recruitment into gangs. Creative is applying this approach in its YouthPower programs in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (Community, Family, and Youth Resilience Program (CYFR)) and Nicaragua (Technical Vocational Education and Training Strengthening for At-Risk Youth -- TVET SAY), as well as in Tunisia.
As an introduction to this year’s CoP theme, ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’ World Learning presented their Transforming Agency, Access, and Power (TAAP) Inclusion Approach and forthcoming TAAP Toolkit.
TAAP helps practitioners design inclusive projects and programs and could be of use to all our communities of practice as we work to identify and reach marginalized communities. The TAAP Toolkit, expected to be released in early 2018, is designed for adaption in different environments and contexts and provides a framework and practical tools to integrate social inclusion in program design, implementation, and learning.
To wrap up the meeting, CoP members brainstormed specific goals, activities, and speakers for the upcoming year’s focus on youth diversity. CoP members provided thoughtful recommendations for actionable strategies for practitioners and researchers to intentionally and meaningfully engage marginalized and disadvantaged populations. Examples of these recommendations were: … Can we add two or three?
We look forward to prioritizing and implementing a selection of these activities with the CoP members during this fiscal year.
The meeting recording and slides can be accessed here