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Activities Report 2010
LETTER FROM ICP’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
outh civic engagement — calling young people into service as resourceful and determined agents of change in communities worldwide — is an effective strategy for tackling today’s development needs while building a worldwide culture of active citizenship, socially responsible entrepreneurship and spirited public service. In 2010, the continuing global recession prompted a renewed search for innovative solutions to meet the demand for social services and community development and combat unemployment in an evolving job market. Civically engaging young people is an important strategy for meeting these and other community needs worldwide. As the field of practitioners, policymakers and other professionals supporting youth civic engagement continues to gain momentum, it grapples with questions such as how best to engage young people in civic activities and what works best in youth service? This year ICP delved into a close examination of practices and features that yield the most successful policies and programs for young people. What needs are being met by exceptional programs around the world, and in what areas do opportunities for new action remain? We spearheaded innovative programming, published new research that casts a light on these questions and brought together experts to gain insights into innovative ways to continue supporting youth civic participation.
ICP would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of our projects: Academy for Educational Development Ford Foundation Learn and Serve America, Corporation for National and Community Service Lumina Foundation for Education Pearson Foundation Tufts University UNICEF Institute of Education, University of London American Center in New Delhi, US State Department
In 2010 ICP: • ostered high-level international engagement in youth civic engagement through F growing and convening global networks such as the Talloires Network and the International Association for National Youth Service; • Implemented a new US Summer of Service program in collaboration with key partners; • Contributed to building the service field in the US and globally through cutting-edge research; and • Reviewed its 10-year track record as a basis for future growth. ICP’s 10th anniversary in 2011 is inspiring us to take a step back to reflect on the lessons learned in our first decade of existence. With the support of partners and friends, we will be exploring new avenues for advancing our mission and renewing our commitment to youth civic participation for the decade to come. As in all our pursuits, our strategic development will proceed from careful consideration of the field’s needs, of the role we have played in its development, of our strengths and challenges and of the value of our unique work. Thank you to all of our supporters, partners and Board of Directors for making our success possible. As ICP celebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2011, it remains dedicated to fostering innovation in effective youth civic engagement strategies in the US and across the world, and to being a respected source of knowledge and resources in this field. We look forward to the coming year and invite you to continue following our work online at www.icicp.org. Sincerely,
Susan Stroud, Founder and Executive Director
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MAKING AN IMPACT ON YOUTH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT WORLDWIDE Mobilizing a vast global community to advance youth civic engagement
ICP hosted the International Association for National Youth Service’s (IANYS) 9th Global Conference on National Youth Service at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt on October 25-27, 2010, in partnership with the Library and the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo. The 9th Global Conference was the largest conference in IANYS’ history, drawing participants from over 30 countries from all regions, with significant representation for the first time from Arab countries. A rich conference program offered a total of 30 conference sessions focusing on an array of issues pertinent to policy and practice for youth civic engagement and national youth service, including: the relationship between employability and youth civic engagement; different pathways for developing policies and programs; factors that contribute to creating an enabling environment for civic engagement; the contributions of youth service to achieving peace, development and social inclusion; promising practices in program design; impact assessment and evaluation; and the challenges associated with sustaining, innovating and scaling up national youth service. Participants reported that they came away from the conference with greater contacts, knowledge and ideas to assist them with their work in the youth service and youth civic engagement sectors. They gained valuable US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton knowledge that will help in a video message for the 9th Global Conference them improve their own initiatives and advance the youth civic engagement field in their countries, regions and globally. An important point that participants raised is that youth service has not been adequately promoted or recognized as a strategy in the youth development field despite its clear benefits and effectiveness.
“If we are going to tackle our toughest problems, from terrorism to climate change, we will have to tap (young people’s) talents and passions.”
titioners and policymakers in this Thank you to the field and to support quality youth sponsors of the service programs in different counIANYS 9th Global tries. ICP has served as the IANYS Conference: Permanent Secretariat since 2007 and, in just three years, revitalized • EQUIP 3 (a USAID project) the Association by: • Ford Foundation Cairo .• rganizing biennial conferences O • Naseej with unprecedented levels of participation, international • Open Society Foundations exchange of knowledge, • The Pearson Foundation and connection between • Silatech practitioners and professionals • United Nations Volunteers worldwide; • athering and disseminating G • US Embassies in Pakistan, Sri national youth service profiles Lanka and Egypt and information around the world; • uilding an online community of practice for national B youth service supporters using new social media; and • cting to improve the structure of the network and define A new parameters and activities for achieving its mission. As we build on the conference to set new goals and priorities for IANYS, we will continue to engage our participants and other supporters of youth service in dialogue on how IANYS can best act to meet the needs of young people and communities worldwide. In this way ICP aims to strengthen IANYS to promote a strong agenda for embracing youth service as key to sustainable youth and community development.
Talloires Network: Building a global movement of socially engaged universities
The Talloires Network, an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education, celebrated its five-year anniversary of the founding of the network. ICP is a co-founder of the Network and Secretariat in partnership with the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. Since 2005 ICP has bolstered the Network’s membership to 200 universities from 58 countries around the world representing more than 4.5 million students. In looking ahead to the future of the Network, ICP hosted a meeting in March 2010, bringing together higher education leaders from around the world at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. The meeting created a strategic plan for the next phase of the Network’s development. Among other objectives, future plans include launching a professional exchange program for faculty and a small grants program for universities in Chile and South Africa.
IANYS is the only international initiative promoting youth civic engagement and service-learning that has grown into a global network from various corners of the world. It is uniquely positioned to facilitate and guide a global community of prac-
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In August, the Network awarded eight prizes to exceptional university civic engagement programs from Chile, Ireland, Ghana, South Africa, USA, China and Colombia through the 2nd Annual MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. The first place winner, which received $5,000, was PuentesUC (Bridges UC) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Launched in 2002 to set up a link between the university and local municipalities, it is a model of collaboration to maximize the capacity of both the university and the municipalities to further learning and local development. Since its creation, the program has developed over 1,000 projects in 14 municipalities with the participation of 6,500 students and 200 professors of all faculties. These projects entail coursework, professional practices, thesis or dissertations, volunteerism, extension and research.
New — An overview of youth civic participation worldwide
In late 2010 ICP released a unique publication providing brief snapshots of youth civic participation programs and policies in 101 countries across six continents. Based on research and information received from participants at the IANYS 8th Global Conference and other ICP projects, Youth Civic Participation in Action: Meeting Community and Youth Development Needs highlights the growing momentum for youth civic participation worldwide as more countries develop programs to provide opportunities for young people to build skills for success while also addressing critical community needs.
Each country snapshot provides brief information about the current state of youth civic engagement, including descriptions of government, community and academic youth service initiatives, national youth policies, youth ministries, committees or commissions that work on youth-related topics, and movements to create new or improved policies and programs. Through these snapshots, ICP aims to provide a brief glimpse into the status of youth civic participation in these countries in order to highlight the innovative ways in which young people are addressing youth and community development needs around the world. This dynamic publication is available at www.icicp.org/ ycpworldwide2010, in both a full pdf version and as an interactive website, and we will periodically update it with news and other information from our partners.
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FOCUS ON GOOD PRACTICE TO ADVANCE QUALITY AND INNOVATION IN YOUTH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT Summer of Service: Enhancing students’ knowledge and skills, improving communities
awareness, graffiti removal, fundraising for local farmers’ markets and public education on water contamination. ICP’s resources and technical expertise significantly contributed to the success of the SOS programs, and are designed to further the expansion of SOS so that summer service opportunities are available to all American young people. Among the resources that ICP has created:
“I felt that I made a difference myself, but all of us altogether as a group made a very big difference, especially in the time period we had. I think we got more people together than we could’ve alone. We got all the community involved as one.”
Angel, youth participant from Earth Force
ICP spearheads a national Summer of Service (SOS) initiative to engage middle school students, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances, in high quality, intensive service-learning programs during the summer months. The aim is to encourage risky behavior avoidance and high school and college success while contributing to local communities. In 2010, through a grant from Learn and Serve America, ICP established partnerships with three organizations to engage 600 middle school students in environmental service-learning in seven communities across the US. Through these programs, 93% of youth participants increased their civic skills such as identifying community needs, choosing service projects, talking to people about community issues and researching public policy information. Youth spoke knowledgably about scientific concepts by the end of program and about learning skills such as public speaking, project planning and teamwork. On average, young people demonstrated increased self-efficacy and higher recognition of the importance on finding steady employment. Young participants demonstrated greater focus on attainment of age-appropriate educational levels and greater understanding of ways to access information about how to pay for college and on college preparation courses. By completing at least 100 hours of service, 333 students earned $500 Education Awards that will help them pay for college. Finally, 100% of community partners reported that SOS helped meet local needs, including invasive plant removal, improving community gardens, beach cleanup, Gulf Oil Spill response
• SOS Program Design and Evaluation toolkits make it possible for practitioners to increase their knowledge and capacity, using the latest research. Users gain access to principles for quality in SOS programs, modules on how to increase academic and college access and prepare SOS program curricula, and guidance and tools on how to conduct an impact evaluation. • rainings and workshops by the ICP staff and its expert T consultants at several conferences increased interest in and awareness of elements for quality SOS programming. Through workshops, ICP disseminated research, promising practices and program models into the fields of dropout prevention, summer learning and college access, and service and service-learning. • CP launched an SOS community of practice with Program I Insights — multi-media modules of promising practices, practitioner and youth reflection and replicable activities — and facilitated knowledge exchange among practitioners.
ICP and America’s Service Commissions showcase innovative AmeriCorps programs
In an era of tightening government and nonprofit budgets, national service programs are developing innovative solutions to community needs. This project serves to inform State Commissions, practitioners, policymakers and donors of highly successful and innovative programs in every state.
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ICP collaborated with America’s Service Commissions (ASC) to produce this second edition of Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of 52 of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps Programs in the United States. The publication highlights innovative AmeriCorps State programs, encourages program replication and serves as an educational tool to share with policymakers. Many existing state service programs have been highly successful and innovative, yet this information is not widely shared and programs have not been replicated. The publication was launched at the ASC Annual Meeting and dinner during the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New York. Following the event, it was also distributed to programs and practitioners around the country to raise awareness about the successes of AmeriCorps programs. We also shared the report with Members of Congress to raise awareness of how the innovative service programs highlighted in the report are transforming communities in their districts and the importance of actively supporting their work.
pact of their work. It is documented in a practical report along with other workshop conclusions, which serve as an important milestone in the development of active citizenship in India for youth and community development. These initiatives formed part of a multi-year project, Catalyzing Youth Active Citizenship in South Asia, in which ICP collaborated with local partners to develop a comprehensive approach to expanding quality civic engagement opportunities for young people in South Asia through youth service policy and program development, building the knowledge base, and facilitating idea and information exchange. ICP also published an extensive asset mapping study describing quality programs and policies supporting youth civic participation in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Finally, we developed a dynamic online resource center providing practitioners with various resources on youth active citizenship identified in partnership with professionals in the region and those developed by ICP.
Catalyzing youth active citizenship in South Asia
Adolescent involvement in youth service in Latin America and the Caribbean
ICP partnered with the Adolescent Development and Participation Unit of UNICEF´s Regional Office in Latin America and the Caribbean to publish a practitioners’ handbook on What Works: Adolescent Participation in Latin America and the Caribbean. The handbook addresses the link between participation and citizenship and provides practical guidance on creating and evaluating programs that utilize volunteer service, service-learning, and policy advocacy and influence to engage adolescents in participation. The handbook discusses strengths and weaknesses of each approach, identifies key criteria and promising practices, and examines policy implications. It further recognizes the need to adapt effective practices in each of these areas to the context and culture of the community and to have a specific approach when working with adolescents in vulnerable situations.
How does one assess the impact of youth civic engagement programs? To address this frequent question, a framework for conducting impact assessments of youth civic participation initiatives was developed by ICP and local partners in India through consultative processes during 2009 and 2010. In 2009 ICP co-hosted a Stakeholder Consultation with Pravah, a youth development organization based in New Delhi. The workshop assessed the needs of the field for nurturing youth active citizenship. In April and May 2010, two impact evaluation workshops were once again co-hosted by ICP and Pravah to produce the impact assessment framework. The impact assessment framework has been shared with over 100 practitioners working with young people in India to get their feedback and enable them to begin assessing the im-
A self-assessment chart, created by ICP, guides practitioners in assessing the current state of programs and developing plans for improvement in the adolescent participation fundamentals and three approaches highlighted in the handbook. Practitioners have found the handbook useful in thinking through the development of new programs and the strengthening and evaluation of existing programs.
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Talloires Network universities profiled in upcoming book
The Engaged University: International Perspectives on Civic Engagement is an empirical account of a genuinely global movement of higher education institutions to increase university civic engagement. The book was co-written by ICP and the Institute of Education at the University of London. ICP staff collected self-assessment policies and practices of 20 Talloires Network member universities, and traveled from Mexico to Sudan to conduct additional site visits and research. Expected to be published in early 2011, the book examines the institutions’ everyday objectives, management and achievements. With university enrollment expected to grow to over 200 million students worldwide by 2030, this book demonstrates the tremendous impact students, teachers and institutions can have on economic and social development, building healthy communities worldwide.
BIG PLANS FOR 2011
As the youth service field in the US and worldwide continues to expand and respond to community needs, ICP is carrying out new activities in 2011 to support the field and expand opportunities for all young people. Here is a glimpse into a few things we’re working on:
Growing Summer of Service
Although we are satisfied with the progress made in Summer 2010, there is still much to be done to ensure the success of Summer of Service continues to grow. Given that it was a pilot year, we have identified areas for improvements in programs and also in our evaluation methodology. At the same time as we reflect on what we have achieved with Summer of Service, we are also looking ahead to how we can leverage our tools, resources, evidence and experience in providing technical assistance and piloting programs to expand SOS opportunities across the country. In 2011 we will conduct an award competition to recognize innovative and high quality SOS programs and will be producing a new SOS report. It is now time to replicate and scale up SOS programs by developing strategic partnerships in implementation, dissemination and funding.
These represent just a few of the innovative activities we’ll be carrying out in 2011. Please visit our website (www.icicip.org) or contact us for more information and updates.
Building the engaged university, moving beyond the ivory tower
ICP, together with Tufts University, is organizing the Talloires Network Leaders Conference to bring together higher education leaders from every corner of the world: rectors, vice-chancellors, presidents, ministers of education, regional network leaders and philanthropic leaders. Together they will discuss the future of civic engagement, community outreach and social responsibility in higher education. The conference marks the 5th anniversary of the founding of the network and will be held June 14-16, 2011, in Madrid. As the primary global organization focused on this issue, the Talloires Network asks the leaders of member universities to stand up and insist that public engagement is not an isolated, marginal activity, but rather a vital component of the core mission of higher education. We know that civic engagement elevates the quality of university teaching and learning and it produces millions of university graduates with both competence in their fields and a personal commitment to being active citizens and leaders. Conference participants and internationally-renowned speakers will explore how to deepen the impact of community engagement in the higher education sector and share their ideas on citizenship and the role of universities in tackling pressing social needs.
I C P STA F F
Susan E. Stroud Executive Director
I CP BOARD OF DI RE CTORS
Roger Nozaki, Chair Associate Dean of the College and Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service Brown University
Jean Manney Program Associate
Colleen Hammelman Program Associate
Peter Edelman, Treasurer Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center Washington, DC
Elizabeth Babcock Talloires Network Coordinator
John Pollock Talloires Network Program Assistant
Patricia Wasley, Secretary Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies University of Washington
Maria Crossman Talloires Network Events Coordinator
Teresa Karamanos Director for Principal Gifts Columbia University New York, NY
Kelly Fox Development Associate
Alissa Brower Service Felllow
Michael Lipsky Senior Program Director, Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action New York, NY
Susan Stroud Executive Director, Innovations in Civic Participation Washington, DC
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