Category Archives: Curriculum or Guide

Youth Development Academy


Steve Henness,

Alison Copeland,

Description:  The Youth Development Academy is a course taught by the University of Missouri Extension targeted at youth leaders, educators, community leaders, and coaches. After training, participants are able to:

  • Apply ages and stage of youth development,
  • Design experimental learning activities,
  • Create environments for positive relationships,
  • Plan and evaluate youth programs,
  • Embrace culture and divserity as assets,
  • Facilitate youth-adult partnerships,
  • Develop volunteer systems,
  • Manage risk to protect youth,
  • Build community partnerships


Keywords:  youth development

Target Audiences:  Individuals,Community,Extension professionals, youth leaders, anyone that is in management of youth development programs or train staff that work with youth


Contact:  Jim Lindstrom,

Description:  WeConnect is a program model and curriculum designed to show young people that they are participants in a global society and to prepare them to thrive in culturally diverse settings. The curriculum is developed for middle school-aged youth, but can be adapted for other age groups. The program model is designed for nonformal education setting such as after school programs or clubs. The lessons are a coordinated series of experimental and interactive exercises that help guide youth beyond knowing that they are citizens of the globe to an acknowledgment of their responsibilities to each other and the world around them. They help youth examine their everyday lives and move them to take action that leads toward positive change.


Keywords:  diversity, youth, 4-H, citizen, responsibility,

Target Audiences:  Youth

We Are Different, We Are the Same: Teaching Young Children about Diversity

Contact:  Claudia C. Mincemoyer,

Description:  Diversity activities teach young children to respect and celebrate the differences in all people. Learning about different cultural aspects offers new experiences for children.


Keywords:  children, diversity

Target Audiences:  children

Turning the Tide on Poverty Community Circles Guide

Contact:  Rachel Welborn,

Description:  This discussion guide was produced by the Southern Rural Development Center in partnership with Everyday Democracy, The Kettering Foundation, and the Farm Foundation to help local communities talk about community revitalization. The guide is meant to be used by small, diverse groups of people (community circles) that meet five times to talk about ways to alleviate poverty. The guide has five community circle session outlines and is intended to move groups of interested citizens from talk to action. Community circles and the guide can provide a framework for discussions that will lead to concerns around racial divide in a more organic way.  Conversations on race relations are interwoven into the topic of poverty.


Keywords:  community conversations, poverty alleviation, race

Target Audiences:  individuals, community

See also Journal of the Community Development Society, Special Issue:  Turning the Tide on Poverty in this resource listing.

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade: Public Conflict Resolution

Contact:  Ron Hustedde,

Description:  This manual, developed at the University of Kentucky, is a train-the-trainers tool that can be used to help Extension educators, community officials, and citizen leaders identify, understand, manage, and when possible and desirable, resolve conflicts within their own communities. The materials and training sessions are resources and guides, and are not intended to be taken as a map on how to educate people to deal with conflict. The manual and training includes 15 units and covers concepts and skills that participants can adapt to meet the needs of their constituency.  After completion, participants should understand difference sources and forms of conflict and concrete skills for addressing conflict.


Keywords:  public conflict, deliberation, sources of conflict, interest-based problem-solving;

Target Audiences:  citizens, community officials, Extension professionals

Thriving Communities: Working Together to Move from Poverty to Prosperity for All (Horizons)

Contact:  Dr. Paul Lachapelle,

Description:  This is a five-session discussion guide to help people talk about poverty in their community and take action to create a place where everyone can thrive. This guide was used in the Horizons program, a community leadership program, designed and implemented by the Northwest Area Foundation in partnership with two national organizations and delivered by a numerous nonprofit organizations, Tribal Colleges and State University Extension Services. Horizons was designed to develop community leadership and enhance local capacity to address poverty in small, rural, and reservervation communities. The following states, facilitated through the Extension Service, have used this discussion guide through the Horizons program: Idaho, Washington, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Montana, and Iowa.


Keywords:  capacity development, community leadership, poverty alleviation

Target Audiences:  community

Texans Building Character

Contact:  Linda Ladd,

Description:  Texans Building Character (TBC), developed by Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service, is a character education program based on the six character pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!SM These pillars include (a) trustworthiness, (b) respect, (c)  responsibility, (d) fairness, (e) caring, and (f) citizenship. TBC can be applied to eight program models: school, 4-H, at-risk youth, livestock, workforce, sports, community, and megacommunity. A training for agents and 4-H volunteers on TBC is 16-hours.


Keywords:  character education

Target Audiences:  Extension agents, 4-H’ers, 4-H volunteers, youth

Take a Stand


Cheryl Newberry  (Contact on the curriculum through TA&M, but she is currently at Oklahoma State)

Kelli Lehman,

Description:  Take A Stand was developed by Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program, in partnership with the Texas Rural Mediation Services to to teach strategies to children and teens to reduce bullying. This is a five-fold curriculum that addresses the topics of conflict management/bullying, communication, etiquette, teamwork, cultural awareness. The curriculum can be implemented at three levels, grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  A total of 10 class periods is needed to implement the curriculum at each level.


Keywords:  anti-bullying

Target Audiences:  teachers; youth in grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12



Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills


Martha Walker,

Crystal Tyler Mackey,

Description:  Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills is a facilitation training developed by Extension specialists with Virginia Cooperative Extension to help participants learn how to facilitate discussions that result in planning and clear direction. Specifically the 2- or 3-day training helps develop skills in dealing with challenges common to groups, and techniques to help lead a group discussion on problem solving when dealing with sensitive issues or conflict. Training participants have the opportunity to:

  • Learn core facilitation competencies,
  • Observe facilitation challenges such as constant change, competing priorities, changing team members, limited time and carefully guarded resources,
  • Practice skills in an experimental setting and receive feedback in a safe environment, and
  • Commit to build community capacity by volunteering facilitation skills to a community group or organization.


Keywords:  facilitation, community

Target Audiences:  citizens, elected/appointed leaders, Extension professionals

People Empowering People

Contact:  Cathy Love,

Description:  The UConn People Empowering People (PEP) program is a personal, family and leadership development program with a strong community focus. The goals of PEP are to help participants have a greater understanding of personal strengths, increase their communication skills, and increase their understanding of and involvement in the community. PEP is delivered by an Extension-trained facilitator through 2-hour weekly sessions for 10 weeks. The curriculum includes sessions on values, communication skills, problem solving, parenting, action planning, community assessment, and community issues or related topics. Following the formal training sessions, participants will complete an individual and/or group project(s) that benefits the community.


Keywords:  parent leadership, diversity

Target Audiences:  Individuals,Community