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Implementation Strategies

We’ve always been amazed at the remarkable ways in which educators, youth workers, community members, and parents take positive youth development principles and make magic happen! Through our Implementation Strategies, we bring you the best examples of practical strategies people like you have developed and used. Use them as inspiration for your own actions . . . or use them as they are to make a difference to the kids in your life. Either way, we know you’ll appreciate each one.


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Teaching Philanthropy and Leadership by Doing

One goal of the Dekko Foundation is to help young people succeed in gaining economic freedom.  One of the methods the foundation uses to work with youth is through their "Youth Pods". These pods are groups of young people who come together to gain philanthropic skills and bring about change through grantmaking and community service. See how much success they had and how the young have grown through this process.  

Topics Covered:

  • Engagement
  • Informal Mentoring
  • Mentoring
  • Role Models
  • Student-Teacher Relations
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College Students Mentor School-Aged Children to Foster Their Success

Authors Deborah Fisher and Susan Savell explain how Communities for Children and Youth Initiative (C4CY) launched the expansion of Colby College's college-based mentoring program to 5 other Maine universities.  This implementation strategy provides research findings from the launch and how to set up your own college mentoring.

Topics Covered:

  • Engagement
  • Informal Mentoring
  • Mentoring
  • Role Models
  • Staff Development
  • Youth Outreach
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Building Positive Relationships, One Step at a Time

How do adults build relationships that are solid, trusting, safe, respectful, reciprocal and long-lasting? Author Nancy Tellett-Royce provides strategies that work, read how? 

Topics Covered:

  • Engagement
  • Informal Mentoring
  • Mentoring
  • Staff Development
  • Youth Outreach
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STRIVE to Make a Difference

Local Rotarians work with school administration to identify students who need more support. Find out more about the STRIVE ("Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education") Mentoring program.

Topics Covered:

  • Engagement
  • Mentoring
  • Role Models
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