Youth Empowerment

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Recorded on December 10, 2015

footstepsIt is a simple truth: Our world and our communities need to ensure that all young people today are engaged, inspired and empowered to be change agents and leaders in action. It is the only way our young people and our communities can succeed.

Young people face what seem to be insurmountable roadblocks and injustices on a daily basis. For some odd reason, we have tried everything to fix the problem except for asking the folks who live the issues every day to take the lead in creating change and creating solutions. What we need to do is get young people involved in addressing the root causes of roadblocks and injustices they face.

Project Footsteps has found a successful way to support young people in becoming leaders. Its success is due to the program seeing empowerment as a lifestyle and not simply a program goal. Project Footsteps empowers young people each and every day by inspiring and preparing them to be change agents. By adopting Project Footstep’s approach, all of us can create leaders and change agents among the youth we work with.

Learning Objectives:

  • Defining youth engagement
  • Understanding the importance of “Engagement Before Empowerment”
  • Gearing your agency for youth empowerment
  • Understanding the competition


Kyle Rucker, the founder and executive director of Project Footsteps, has dedicated his life to ensuring that young people have the opportunity to do things better than the generations before them. Since founding Project Footsteps in 2008, Kyle has been part of creating a family of over 30,000 like-minded young people and adults who believe solutions and answers to our society’s most pressing challenges can be found within our young people. Taking Project Footsteps experiences, he is now creating a movement. In addition to having studied Youth Development and Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Kyle has extensive experience in public speaking, as well as designing and implementing anti-bullying and other programs for youth.


  • Thursday December 10, 2015
  • Time 9AM- Noon CDT
  • Falcon Heights, MN or streamed online with Adobe Connect
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $60 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and are as little as $200 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training will count as two CEU hours for most boards. YIPA will provide you with the materials you need to seek approval from your board.
  • Snacks and beverages will be provided for the in-person training

Register Now– On-demand
Recorded on December 10, 2015

For More Information, Please contact:

Mandy Wroolie, Director of Services
[email protected]

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