Youth DevelopmentSouthern Mutual Help Association recognizes that the sustainability of its work requires youth development, so it supports and encourages a number of initiatives aimed at developing the next generation of leaders.
Youth involvement and leadership development is emphasized in SMHA's homeownership training, in its work with the homeowners' and community self-help associations, and in its work with fishers and farmers through the Life Quality program.
Other SMHA efforts include:
- SMHA's work to get its recently produced
interactive CD-ROM used in middle and high school civics and social
studies classes to help bring civics to life and show students how
they can become involved in public policy making.
- A Youth Council of Leaders grew out of a youth
forum sponsored by SMHA in 1995. At the forum attended by the young
people of the Federation of Self-Help Association communities, the youth
expressed a desire to play a greater role in their
communities and in the federation.
- Youth in the Federation area participate in
experiential activities designed to provide learning
opportunities around math and language skills, problem
solving, public speaking, research, health awareness, and personal and
social development with an emphasis on leadership, policy, and
- A Youth Design Team developed a new
leadership model built around 21 Leadership Action Steps
designed to prepare youth for future leadership roles in their
community and state.
- The youth have also designed a program to train mentors to work with young people.
Youth are also a focus of our Public Policy Leadership Institute
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