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Social Justice Youth Development online course
Social justice youth development combines intentional anti-oppressive practice with and for young people, with knowledge and skill building from youth development to support youth as they negotiate and disrupt the misuses of power in their lives. During this seven week course, participants will be expected to analyze how power, privilege, and oppression operate in their own lives, and asked to engage in conversations regarding how they can disrupt systems of power that oppress young people. This course will offer a mix of critical reflection, skill-building, applied practice, and tools and resources that will enable participants to be an advocate for and with youth.
You will be able to access online materials for the course beginning on January 2, 2018.
Live Learning Sessions will be held via video on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30pm Mountain Time
Session 1- January 16, 2018
Session 2- January 23
Session 3- January 30
Session 4- February 6
Session 5- February 13
Session 6- February 20
Session 7 - February 27
Participation in all 7 live learning sessions is expected, so please check your calendar to confirm you can attend.
This online course simulates an in-person training environment by having all participants on screen via video. This allows for an engaging and interactive learning environment where you get to know the instructor and the other participants. Participation via video is required. We use the Zoom platform, which is free and easy. You can join via a computer with a webcam, a laptop, tablet, or your smartphone. We’re here to help - we’ll provide instructions and our session support team is available to walk you through setup if you’re new to this!
Subject Matter Expert
This course will be facilitated by Heather Kennedy, MPH
Heather is a youth engagement activist and scholar. As an activist, she has created over a dozen youth leadership groups and engaged teens in local, state, and federal policy advocacy. As a scholar she is involved in a variety of community engaged research and teaching activities. Heather is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She has several peer-reviewed publications advancing the knowledge base for high-quality youth-adult partnerships. At 17, Heather learned the power of her own voice, and ever since she has been a stalwart advocate for supporting adults to engage youth authentically.