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YFE TIG Week: Creating Youth Inclusive Spaces within Adult-Centric Events by Ross VeLure Roholt

Hello, I am Ross VeLure Roholt, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota.  This year I collaborated with others on the YFE TIG to sponsor and host a group of young people to attend and participate in the American Evaluation Association meeting in Minneapolis.  Over the last decade youth-led evaluation has grown in scope and …

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YFE TIG Week: Assessing Social and Emotional Skills by Amy Hardeman

Greetings AEA365 readers! I am Amy Hardeman Zangari, Director of Content & Learning at the International Youth Foundation. Last month, I attended my first-ever AEA conference and had the opportunity to co-present a think tank session, Measuring Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Youth Learners: Which Assessment Approach is Best?, with my IYF colleague, Pia Saunders …

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YFE TIG Week: Climbing Hart’s ladder: Methods for engaging youth in evaluation and decision-making by Cara Karter

Hello, I’m Cara Karter, a youth-focused evaluator at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. If you attended the Eval2019 poster session, you may have had the chance to chat with me about this topic. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, now is your chance! What is youth engagement? Youth engagement is …

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YFE TIG Week: Dipping your toes into youth focused evaluation by Lizzie Esposito

Hello! My name is Lizzie Esposito and I am working with Courageous heARTS, a youth-led nonprofit art studio in the heart of south Minneapolis. I am serving with heARTS for one year as an Americorps promise fellow, and have the opportunity to have many new experiences in the world of youth work, nonprofits and education. Daily, …

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YFE TIG Week: The Youth Opportunity Initiative by Elizabeth Kim

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Kim, Manager of Measurement, Evaluation, Research, and Learning at the International Youth Foundation (IYF). One of IYF’s strategic objectives is to increase economic opportunity for youth by bridging connections among learning systems, communities, and employers, and creating pathways to self-employment or career opportunities. The Youth Opportunity Initiative is one of …

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YFE TIG Week: Elevating Youth Focused Evaluation by Christen Pentek and Ross Velure Roholt

Hi, we’re Christen Pentek and Ross Velure Roholt, Site Visit Coordinator and incoming Chair for the Youth Focused Evaluation Topical Interest Group (YFE TIG). Over the last decade, youth-led and youth participatory evaluation has become mainstream. Now, funding organizations often require youth voice in the design of youth programs and in their evaluation. This year …

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Neutrality: A state of disassociation by Christen Pentek

I’m Christen Pentek (MSW), a leader with the Youth-Focused Evaluation TIG and part of a team engaging a new approach called Creative Evaluation and Engagement. I want to partly unpack the overlapping space between evaluation and mental health. Hot Tip Understanding and recognizing unhealthy mental states may allow you to take steps to engage in …

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Helping Organizations Understand Data and Relationships with Clients by Alex Fink

My name is Alex Fink and I’m a Research Fellow in Youth Studies at the University of Minnesota. I’m a developmental evaluator with youth-serving organizations. I’ve watched the last five years as many organizations are asking youth workers to collect more and more data about program participants. As one worker I spoke to said, “We …

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YFE TIG Week: Youth at the Center of MERL Practices by Pia Saunders Campbell and Alejandra De Freitas

Hello, I am Pia Saunders Campbell, Director of Measurement, Evaluation & Learning at the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Communications Co-Chair of the Youth-Focused Evaluation TIG, here with my colleague Alejandra De Freitas.  IYF’s belief that educated, employed, and engaged young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems inherently leads to a …

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YFE TIG Week: Advancing Youth Equity through YPE by Nou Yang

I am Nou Yang from The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI), a program of Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. YLI’s mission is to develop the next generation of multicultural leaders who have the skills and desire to contribute to making a thriving and inclusive community. YLI has been practicing Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE) for a number of …

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