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Youth inclusion implementation guide

APA Citation:

Otto, M., Gunty, A., Richmond, A., Root, H., Otto, A., Schroeder, B., … Borden, L. (2018). Youth inclusion implementation manual. Implementation Guide submitted to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Abstract Created by REACH:

Youth programs foster positive youth development among youth and supportive connections with families and communities. In order for a youth program to be successful, youth program staff must be able to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all youth, especially those who might be marginalized within their community. Both youth program staff and administrators can create a safe and inclusive environment through programming and policies that: prohibit discrimination or bullying, encourage positive and trusting interactions and relationships, and are structured in such a way that youth feel safe and welcomed. This implementation manual describes concepts and strategies needed for staff training, including how to respond to parents and youth, in order to create a welcoming and inclusive environment.



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Childhood (birth - 12 yrs)
School age (6 - 12 yrs)
Adolescence (13 - 17 yrs)
Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
Young adulthood (18 - 29 yrs)


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Borden, Lynne M., Gunty, Amy, McGuire, Jenifer, Otto, August, Otto, Mark, Richmond, Adeya, Root, Hanna

Publisher/Sponsoring Organization:

The Military REACH Team

Publication Type:

REACH Publication

Author Affiliation:

Department of Family Social Science, The University of Minnesota, LMB


The University of Minnesota

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Research Report


Developed in collaboration with the Department of Defense's Office of Family Policy, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Award No. 2009-48667-05833.

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