YELL is a set of curricular resources available to anyone interested in training and engaging youth as partners and leaders within their communities. The Gardner Center’s YELL Handbook can help you to:
- Embed youth leadership training in authentic, meaningful projects that youth define and implement;
- Develop basic youth leadership skills in communications, facilitation, teamwork, and understanding of change-making processes;
- Train youth as community researchers and advocates, including the use of youth-driven research to inform the decisions of school leaders, city leaders, councils, and commissions;
- Prepare youth for success in real leadership positions, including as mentors, grant-makers and evaluators within youth-serving organizations as well as on school and community leadership teams and advisory boards; and
- Initiate and plan youth and adult volunteer initiatives, public art projects, community forums, and intergenerational events.