The True Leaders: Culture, Power and Justice curriculum was designed to engage youth in critical dialogue and collective action in order to contribute to a more empathetic and just society. Youth have an incredible opportunity to see the world as bigger than themselves. This curriculum offers dynamic opportunities for youth to explore their identities, different cultures, new perspectives, and the histories that have shaped power and privilege within our communities. Youth will engage with peers, adult support systems, and communities to increase the resources and tools they need to advocate for positive community change. These lessons are rooted in a social justice youth development framework. Additionally, as a facilitator, it is important that you use these lessons as a guide but allow for adaptations to ensure each discussion and activity is culturally relevant for your audience.
This is a Facilitator Guide intended for use with youth in Grades 6-12.
Dr. Nia Imani Fields, Assistant Extension Director and 4-H Program Leader, University of Maryland Extension
Dr. Alex Chan, Mental and Behavioral Health Specialist, University of Maryland Extension
Dr. Maru Gonzalez, Assistant Professor and Youth Development Specialist, North Carolina State University
Dr. Edwin M. Green, Jr., Professor, Community-Based Education & Leadership, Stevenson University
Dr. Fe Moncloa, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension
Kamaria Massey, MFA, Urban Educational Leadership Doctoral Student, Morgan State University
Dr. Keith C. Nathaniel, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension
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