Social Justice Youth Development online course - Spring 2018


4/3/2018 – 5/15/2018



Primary Competency

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

Social justice youth development combines intentional anti-oppressive practice with and for young people, with knowledge and skill building from youth development to support youth as they negotiate and disrupt the misuses of power in their lives. During this seven week course, participants will be expected to analyze how power, privilege, and oppression operate in their own lives, and asked to engage 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 and with youth.

You will be able to access online materials for the course beginning on March 20, 2018.

Live Learning Sessions will be held via video on Tuesdays 12:00pm-1:30pm Mountain Time

  • Session 1- April 3, 2018

  • Session  2- April 10

  • Session  3- April 17

  • Session  4- April 24

  • Session  5- May 1

  • Session  6- May 8 

  • Session 7 - May 15

Participation in all 7 live learning sessions is expected, so please check your calendar to confirm you can attend.

This online course simulates an in-person training environment by having all participants on screen via video. This allows for an engaging and interactive learning environment where you get to know the instructor and the other participants. Participation via video is required. We use the Zoom platform, which is free and easy. You can join via a computer with a webcam, a laptop, tablet, or your smartphone. We’re here to help - we’ll provide instructions and our session support team is available to walk you through setup if you’re new to this!

Subject Matter Expert

This course will be facilitated by Heather Kennedy, MPH


Heather is a youth engagement activist and scholar. As an activist, she has created over a dozen youth leadership groups and engaged teens in local, state, and federal policy advocacy. As a scholar she is involved in a variety of community engaged research and teaching activities. Heather is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She has several peer-reviewed publications advancing the knowledge base for high-quality youth-adult partnerships. At 17, Heather learned the power of her own voice, and ever since she has been a stalwart advocate for supporting adults to engage youth authentically.

Registration Information

Registration is a 2-step process:

  1. Register on this page (you will receive an email with a Survey Monkey link).
  2. Complete the required Survey Monkey.

Following completion of both steps, you will be contacted with further information.

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