Webinar recording available on youth engagement through student-to-student experiences

Jun 2, 2011

America’s Promise Alliance hosted a free webinar at the end of May to explore the power of student-to-student experiences as effective youth engagement. Presenters discussed local and national models that are all fostering leadership development and promoting positive attitudes towards education through positive peer pressure. The webinar also explored the valuable role youth play in building a Grad Nation.

Webinar presenters included:

  • Margo Ross, Psy.D., Director of Development at Princeton Center for Leadership Training
  • Ben Martinez, National Program Director at Breakthrough Collaborative
  • Rebecca Yenawine, Executive Director  & Megan Sherman, Lead Instructor and Producer at New Lens

Founded in 1988, PCLT has a 22-year history of changing life trajectories for students and effecting cultural transformations within schools. The organization develops, disseminates, and promotes peer leadership, advisory, and other evidence-based K-12 solutions that enable and inspire educators to more fully engage students in learning, better connect students to their schools, motivate and equip students to make decisions responsibly, and accelerate academic achievement.

Breakthrough Collaborative increases academic opportunities for highly-motivated, underserved students, puts them on the trajectory of a successful college path, and develops the next generation of teachers and educational leaders. Its students-teaching-students model pairs young high school- and college-aged teaching interns with a small classroom of motivated middle school students in a supportive yet demanding environment of high expectations.

New Lens is a youth-driven social justice organization working to make art and media about often-underrepresented perspectives. The art work produced is used to facilitate dialogue, shift perspectives, organize and stimulate action. The program allows youth leaders who are interested in art and media production and activism to create art for change, to teach what they know to others, to gain leadership and employment skills and to have impact on issues that affect their lives.  The peer-to-peer model evolved from a youth-centered approach to learning where young people determine the direction of the projects they want to create.