Civic Engagement

AEDAP Youth Step Up Initiatives

AEDAP Youth Step Up Initiatives is part of AEDAP Youth Leadership Trainings.

It is designed to enroll a series of youth ages 8 to 18 and provide them a media forum radio/television allowing them to share their thoughts on Civic Engagement. The program will have three aspects

1) Collection of Information - Free Speech: data collection. This process allows the youth to get acquainted with peers and start sharing by communicating freely on their understanding of Civic Engagement

2) Step Two: Separate the group in two categories: Community Involvement and Leadership

3) Step Three: Program offers a facilitator, a coach that will guide them in areas of community involvement and leadership.

4) Final Stage: the program is designed to last nine months to a year. At that level, participants are empowered to lead their own dialogue: address community issues pertaining to their understanding of volunteer services, sense of responsibility and very importantly issuing their voter's registration cards. At the final stage program participants are informed , involved and the ones who are 18 clearly understand the importance of VOTING.

Who are you?

We are the Association of Exchange and Development of Activities and Partnerships, AEDAP
One of our great program is the Youth Leadership Program and we want to share the Idea of AEDAP Youth Step Up Initiatives

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Civic Engagement needs to start with our youth through mentoring, coaching and empowering them to take the lead, to speak.
Voting should start early and our youth needs to be engaged in understanding the value and the importance of the act of voting. Beside voting,they need to know of the existence of many community based organizations and develop the natural desire to discover and serve.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Youth Adult Vote
We want to contribute in increasing the youth votes

Please give examples of your project's success.

Our program success is measured by a pre and post test.
How does the youth come to us on step 1. The data collected will differ drastically from step 1 to step 4 where at that level the youth will be experienced, will be exposed to the community and be a Transformed Young Leader as we call them. Step Up Initiatives also offer possibility for the successful youth to become a role model and coach for the new enrollees.

Organization Name (or individuals name) AEDAP

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