Provides resources and tools for building effective Youth Councils, and strategies to address critical operational issues.

“Developed by subject area experts representing State and local workforce investment systems in conjunction with the United States Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (USDOL, ETA), Office of Youth Services… this toolkit is a compilation of [six modules] that are designed to reflect State and local practitioners experiences and their assessments of Youth Councils current needs…Module 1…offers principles that youth councils should consider for effective operation.  Module 2…provides a format for youth councils to record, organize and plan work activities to carryout the responsibilities delegated to youth councils by the local workforce boards. Module 3... is designed for youth council leads to evaluate and rate their progress for retaining and sustaining members.  Module 4… represents a quick reference tool to train youth council members and other interested parties about youth councils.  Module 5… offers quickly accessible information about the critical elements necessary for a youth council to operate successfully. [Lastly,] Module 6… offers tips for developing an outreach plan and sample correspondence to recruit community leaders and organizations to help in developing a local workforce development system.  [Overall, the toolkit] is intended to help Youth Council members and staff plan effective comprehensive services for youth [as Youth Councils play a role in guiding youth policy]”  (p. 2-4). (Abstractor: Author, Website Staff) 

 Full Publication Title: The Youth Council Toolkit:Tools to Help Youth Councils Build Effective Operational Youth Delivery Systems

Major Findings & Recommendations

Key principles of effective Youth Councils includes: •“Create a shared vision that reflects the community’s needs and values; •Fuse the youth development approach with the traditional workforce development approach; •Address the economic development needs of local communities; •Conduct community resource mapping; •Create a youth system strategic plan •Broaden the role of the youth council...[to] work in partnership with the local Workforce Investment Board (WIB); •Determine the staffing needs of the youth council…[to ensure] productivity of the Council; •Broaden the membership of the youth council to include employers and educators; •Leverage financial and programmatic resources; •Establish conflict of interest polices…to prohibit any member of the board from benefiting from decisions made by the board •Engage parents and youth on the Councils; and •Establish a youth services system based on accountability.” (pp. 2-5)(Abstractor: Author, Website Staff)