This checklist should be used on the planning and development of activities, programs and projects.

1. Create a sense of community and belonging

  • Create group norms
  • Welcome new members, and make sure their ideas and opinions are heard
  • Watch out for clichés. Be inclusive.
  • Have some focus on relationship development
  • Have fun, and create shared experiences

2. Focus on developing leaders and leadership skills

  • Do peer-to-peer recruitment
  • Make it clear what participants are going to get out of their involvement
  • Keep alumni engaged. Have them act as mentors, or organize events or projects
  • Develop a framework of support to enable youth to achieve success
  • Plan for frequent turn-over as students graduate

3. See increased knowledge as a main objective

  • Utilize the expertise that exists in a university setting
  • Beware of jargon and appearing closed-minded. Newcomers need to feel like they can be a part of something and have something to offer.
  • Attract students by offering skill and capacity building
  • Make participation accessible (cost, time, location, services provided, etc)

Evaluate everything! Engage everyone who is a part of your programming, and learn from their feedback. These evaluations need not always be formal!

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