New Opportunity for Youth Development in Your Community!

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The Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program supports positive youth/adult partnerships in every way.  This leadership development opportunity is one more way to encourage youth to enhance skills and use their voice in rural communities across Oregon.  

Hello Ford Institute Leadership Program Graduates:
The new year offers a new opportunity for youth development in your community!  The Ford Institute for Community Building and Rural Development Initiatives are pleased to provide an annual statewide workshop for youth/adult community teams to learn how to develop and sustain their own youth leadership program.

This two-day workshop entitled "Build Your Own Youth Leadership Program" will cover topics such as: best practices in positive youth development, designing, fundraising, implementing, evaluating and sustaining a youth leadership program, curriculum development, liability issues and facilitation skills.  Community teams of 3-5 individuals, including at least one youth, at least one adult and at least one Ford Institute Leadership Program graduate are encouraged to participant.  In addition, your team must have a connection to an existing youth serving agency, organization or school to encourage partnerships with ongoing community efforts and resources.  

Date:               February 3-4, 2012
Time:               Friday 3:00-8:00pm, Saturday 8:00-3:00pm
Location:         The Ford Family Foundation - Roseburg, Oregon

The workshop includes up to three hours of coaching and consulting for each community team after the session.  However, if your community still needs an extra boost to get its youth program off the ground the first year, teams will be eligible to apply for a technical assistance grant of up to $5000.

We request only one Team Application per community; it may require some local organizing to build your team.  To apply please download the Team Application Form at and return via email to Yvette Rhodes at The Ford Family Foundation at or by fax 541-957-5720 no later than January 17, 2011.  Space is limited, so apply early!

The Ford Institute will cover one night's lodging in Roseburg and meals during the orientation.  Mileage Reimbursement is available for drivers.  Carpooling is STRONGLY encouraged for community teams to conserve fuel and financial resources and add to team bonding.

For questions contact Max Gimbel at  or 541-359-5284.