Curriculum Overview

Welcome to the Empowered for Change Curriculum!

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Part A: Who Am I?

This first section focuses on the youth as a leader, and sets the stage for the youth's personal growth throughout the program. In these sessions, youth begin to explore their own story, examine themselves as leaders, get in a mindset to engage fully in the program, learn about skills and competencies needed by all leaders, and set goals for personal growth.

The material in this section lays the groundwork for the Growth Checkpoints that appear throughout the rest of the curriculum.

Part B: Who Are We?

In the following sessions, participants learn the value of teamwork and their contribution to the team as a whole. Good teamwork helps lay the foundation for a strong advocacy movement. If participants understand their role and contribution to the team, they are better positioned to support the team once an advocacy issue is identified and the team develops their action plans.

This section of the curriculum ends with two sessions exploring the importance of healthy youth and adult partnerships. Adults must recognize and respect the creative energy and ideas that youth bring to the table, as well as the fresh perspective. On the flip-side, youth must recognize and respect the experience and knowledge, as well as key relationship networks adults can bring to the table. By partnering together, they form a powerful alliance.

Part C: Where Are We?

The activities in the following 10 sessions help guide youth as they seek to answer the question of story: where are we? Perhaps for the first time in their lives participants will be challenged to look at their community from new perspectives. They will be encouraged to call out with pride the strengths and assets in their community. They will be challenged to think about what, where, and why the risks and weaknesses of their community are. Identifying the areas of risk and need is an important part of building a relevant advocacy plan.

Part D: Power, Oppression & Advocacy

The following five sessions help lay a foundation for understanding power, oppression and the role of advocates. Participants are challenged to begin to think about their own roles and responsibilities as change agents.

Part E: What's The Problem?

Participants will identify their priority issue for their community and learn how to conduct research around that issue.

Part F: Understanding Government

The five sessions in this section help participants begin to understand the purpose of governance as well as the difference between national and local government.

Part G: Preparing and Delivering a Policy Recommendation

The curriculum concludes with participants preparing for, and delivering their policy presentations to a local government official.

  • Session 43: Root Cause Analysis   Curriculum  |  Handouts
  • Session 44: What is an Effective Policy Recommendation?   Curriculum  |  Handouts
  • Session 45: Development of Policy Recommendations   Curriculum
  • Session 46: Next Steps   Curriculum  |  Handouts
  • Session 47: Preparation of Presentation for Local Government Official   Curriculum  |  Handouts
  • Session 48: Practice for Policy Presentation   Curriculum
  • Session 49: Delivery of Presentation to Local Government Official   Curriculum
  • Session 50: Reflection on Local Official Visit and What's Next?   Curriculum  |  Handouts

Appendix A: Optional Faith & Justice Sessions


Appendix B: Evaluations