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ENGAGING YOUTH
July 22nd 2015

YOLLOCALLI YOUTH COUNCIL, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART, CHICAGO, USA
Yollocalli Arts Reach is a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art, in Chicago’s majority-Latino Pilsen neighborhood. In 2012, it established a Youth Council to help with student-centered programming. Whitney Ross, Youth Development Advisor, introduces the guidebook they produced for developing a youth council. She also, along with a Youth Council member (Fabian Vasquez), outlines Council progress – in particular building youth interest in the museum and fundraising.

VOLUNTEER DIY AT YOUTH CENTERS, U.K.
Tim Reading is the Director and co-founder of Cospa, a London-based social innovation agency working with brands, charities and public sector organisations to create and grow projects for social and business returns. He outlines his organization's Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) programme, which challenges 14-24 year olds to repair local youth club and community centers. The young people are mentored by professional tradespeople, who also volunteer their time, and gain vocational qualifications as well as access to further learning and employment opportunities. VIY is driven by a cross-sector partnership with the DIY retailer Wickes who donate all the materials and tools and share staff skills, the vocational training institution City & Guilds who deliver the qualifications, and the Government funded Innovation Foundation Nesta who fund the management and development of the programme. VIY was included on the 2014 New Radicals list, compiled by Nesta and The Observer newspaper.

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