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For the first round of funding in 2002, pilot projects in 4-H Afterschool, Youth in Governance, and Professional and Volunteer Development initiatives took place in 47 states, all four regions of the country and Guam through land-grant institutions.
These capacity-building efforts engaged youth as partners in addressing community issues, provided safe and inviting places for youth to experience positive youth development in out-of-school time, and broke down the barriers to participation in community life. The EYSC Evaluation Study summarizes the impact this program had upon its participants and a Special Edition EYSC Power of YOUth newsletter hightlighted successful projects.
Engaging Youth, Serving Community 2 (EYSC2) continued the work begun in the first round, only focusing on regional projects through pilot programs in 12 lead states. Through collaborations, there was a total reach of 23 states. Read the EYSC2 Evaluation Study for more information on this round of funding and the Special Edition EYSC2 Power of YOUth newsletter on successful projects.
Engaging Youth, Serving Community 3 (EYSC3) zeroed in on “the best of the best” as 20 states were awarded funding to continue projects begun in either EYSC 1 or EYSC 2 in 4-H afterschool programming or Youth in Governance projects. The EYSC3 Evaluation Study shows the impact of this project on the youth in these rural communities and several projects are hightlighted in the Special Edition EYSC3 Power of YOUth newsletter.
The five year EYSC 1-2-3 report summarizes the projects, their successes and lessons learned and documents the impact of this funding on rural communities.
Engaging Youth, Serving Community 4 (EYSC4) took a new path by intensely involving youth in partnership with adults in addressing community needs through youth-facilitated public forums on key issues in five rural communities in the 15 LGUs selected for this program. In each community, they identified a priority issue through the forum process and an action plan was implemented as youth and adults worked together to improve their rural communities. Collaboration with other organizations and public stakeholders increased the impact of this initiative.
To enable a longitudinal study of the impact of the work, the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth rounds of funding under Engaging Youth, Serving Community (EYSC5-6-7-8) have continued the same work in the same rural communities.
Twelve LGUs continued EYSC5 and EYSC6, and nine continued with EYSC7. With EYSC8, there were eight of the original LGU's that continued to work on the same issues in their communities and a new cohort of four states began with training and issue identification.
Each round of funding included a formal evaluation and a Power of YOUth newsletter highlighting successes. Download these documents here:
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