Here are just a few examples of how you can join our team:
There are numerous ways youth can be involved in Capacity Builders, Inc. programs.
CBI always needs volunteers to work at its Farmington and other field offices. Whether you can help by vacuuming the floor, writing grants, or filing we can use you in many capacities!
CBI operates several partnership advisories dealing with teenage pregnancy prevention and drug free outreach. Let us know if you would be interested in helping us plan, implement, and oversee these programs through membership on our advisories.
CBI runs a number of programs in Central Consolidated School District’s middle and high schools. We are always in need of older youth who work with the younger children to provide academic assistance.
Simply by educating yourself about pregnancy prevention and taking a stand to be as protected as possible (or if you choose abstinence), you are helping get an important message out to youth.
CBI strongly believes in the following principles when
involving youth in its programs...
Authentic Youth Involvement. This means:
CBI realizes that authentic involvement of youth is demanding. Having young people as true partners means active engagement. It means letting young people define what is needed and using adult skills to make it happen in a way that most benefits the teens. In this way, the adults in the program can become that special somebody in the life of a teen— someone who cares about them, takes their opinions and feelings seriously, holds them accountable, and believes in them.
Here are some ways additional ways our local youth can get involved in CBI programs
Peer counseling and education
Peer education can be considered a tiered youth involvement activity. The first tier is the peer counselors and educators. They are the group most likely to benefit from the activity because it offers them a chance to use their leadership skills, connect with adults, and feel they are performing a valuable service.
Options for CBI’s peer counseling and education include:
The second tier consists of the youth they reach. Even though the contact may be too brief to make a lasting difference, the intervention can help with a short-term problem. Peer leadership can help to change the norms in a school and support teens in certain behaviors, even if the contact is short-lived.
Youth can communicate on a variety of issues in a way that connects with other young people.
Options for CBI’s youth-led publications include:
Youth theater groups
Many young people love theater. It appeals to their natural sense of drama and allows a creative release for writing, editing, and stage design skills. For those youth who are outside the mainstream in school, theater can provide a way of staying connected.
Options for youth theater groups:
Surfing the Internet and creating web pages
The World Wide Web has opened up a new universe of communication. Many young people are more comfortable with computers and know more about the Internet than do adults. A computer club can work with those teens who might otherwise be left behind in the cyber-arena. CBI uses youth to update its own web pages and social media to advertise its publications, report on its work, and create an interactive cyber community for teens to talk.
Options for the Internet:
Civic Activism and Media Projects
Young people can be powerful and persuasive speakers, whether addressing youth concerns or general community issues. They offer a new voice and often a fresh perspective.
Options for civic activism:
Teens can become involved in any issue that concerns them— it does not have to be teen pregnancy.
The connection to adults and community and the sense of value that young people derive from working to benefit the community provide an important foundation that help young people make healthy choices and avoid too-early pregnancy.
Town halls, youth summits, and focus groups additionally provide avenues for youth involvement.
Options for youth forums:
CBI requires its student participants to perform community service in order to graduate. It is our hope to encourage life-long civic involvement. This involves youth in efforts to combine service and learning.
Source: The National Campaign
Funding for this project was made possible under funding announcement # OPHS/OHA-TPP Tier1-2010 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health, and with funding support from the Administration for Children, Youth and Families/Family and Youth Services Bureau. The views expressed in written materials or publications do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.