Social Justice Approach to Youth Engagement Online Course



Ideal for: Public Health Professionals, Social Workers, Nurses, Educators

Are you looking for actionable ways to advance social justice in your community? During this seven-week course, participants will be expected to critically analyze how power, privilege, and oppression operate in their own lives—and participate in conversations regarding how they can disrupt systems of power that oppress young people. This course will offer a mix of critical reflection, skill-building, applied practice, and tools and resources that will enable participants to be an advocate for youth.

Social justice youth development is focused on creating equitable opportunities for all youth and building awareness of how systems of power can oppress particular young groups. Social justice for youth engagement involves the use of intentional anti-oppressive practices for young people, as well as providing knowledge and skill-building as they negotiate and disrupt the misuses of power in their lives.

Are you ready to be challenged to move your youth engagement work forward?

What to Expect

We use a flipped-classroom approach, so you’ll work through course content independently and then connect with a small cohort of peers weekly for live learning sessions that provide an opportunity to ask questions, share your knowledge, and learn from others.

7 Live Learning Sessions:

Each session will include a facilitated discussion among class participants related to that week’s topic. A subject matter expert will lead the discussion, engage participants, and answer questions. This is a unique opportunity to connect concepts of evidence-based decision-making in your daily work! Below is the schedule for our live sessions.

Successful completion of this course requires your participation in these sessions by video using a webcam or built-in camera on your device. Contact us if you need assistance accessing a webcam.

Weekly Online Learning activities

Each week, you must complete assigned online learning activities that include reading and watching videos. There will also be a short assignment in preparation for each live learning session that should take about an hour to complete.

course ACCESS

Look for an email from us 2 weeks before your first live session with instructions on how to access the course online. If you don’t see an email (don’t forget to check your spam folder), email Make sure you sign in prior to your first live session to complete the required activities and ensure you know how to connect with your camera.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Know the Literature: Summarize key social justice youth development practices.
  • Define the Issue: Describe “adultism” and how it operates in our culture and system.
  • Action Plan: Critique your organizational setting’s practice of community youth development and offer evidence-based recommendations for more youth participation.
  • Disrupt Adultism: Practice being an ally for young people within your organization and community.
  • Execute Lessons: Deliver teachings designed to engage youth in discussions related to social and health inequities and systemic approaches to community social action.


10.5 hours over 7 weeks (1.5 hours weekly) plus 1 hour of weekly asynchronous independent preparation

Registration Information

Select the course you want to register for below. You will need to log in or create an account. Please email with registration questions. You will be asked to complete a short online survey application to complete your registration. 

Upcoming Courses:

September 22nd - November 3rd 2022

January 26th - March 9th 2023

April 6th - May 18th 2023


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