GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 03/13/19

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Hi GenYES Facilitators,

I missed last week’s message because I was attending the SXSW EDU conference in Austin, Texas. Lots of youthful voices to be heard, but my favorite was Dan Rather’s interview with David Hogg. David graduated last June from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. He is a national advocate for school safety and co-founder of the March for Our Lives movement. I was thrilled to hear him in person last Wednesday. Here is a link to the interview.

Sustaining GenYES

This week’s focus is on sustaining your GenYES class for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. Now is the time to work with your school and district to ensure GenYES is scheduled and ready to go. Here are some strategies that can help. You can also call the GenYES office. We are happy to help you move your GenYES implementation forward.

Schools can do a variety of things to ensure their GenYES program is sustainable. Here are a few strategies:

Find out if the course can be incorporated into the district course list
This varies from district to district, but usually is not that hard. Once a course is on the approved list, it is easier to continue to offer it.

Promote success within the district
Many times school and district administrators don’t know about the positive results of GenYES. Once all the district stakeholders are convinced of the model’s benefits and success, it is easier to sustain. It is especially effective if GenYES students make presentations to the school board, because the school board members typically approve the budget.

Promote success in the community
Create a buzz and demand for the model by promoting GenYES in district publications that go to parents, in featured website news, and by submitting stories about GenYES to the local newspapers.

Up the ante
Many times schools set aside programs as they search for new ones. Try to stretch your GenYES program with new goals and targets.

Schedule next year’s GenYES classes early
The GenYES Facilitator and school administrator must ensure that GenYES is not forgotten when it comes to scheduling the class for next year. Inform students that the class will be offered again.

Involve regional educational service centers
Nearly every state has regional educational service centers. These centers exist to support educational programs and they may be able to help sustain GenYES in your district. The national Generation YES organization is happy to work with these centers to provide sustainability.

Update from Compton, CA

Just received this wonderful video from GenYES Facilitator Jose Gonzales featuring his STLs at Bunche Middle School. Well worth a watch to see a mature program in action. We always appreciate receiving videos summarizing GenYES in our schools. It might make a good TAP for your school to publicize your success.

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TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from an 11th grader in Region IX, in Ruidiso New Mexico.

Title: Google Form Tutorial

TAP Description: I told Mrs. Kimble that I figured out a way to put charts and pictures in a google form. She was interested and asked me how to do it.

TAP Accomplishments: I used google forms, google drive, system storage, and the computer's ability to screenshot. I explained to Mrs. Kimble that in order to put in pictures into a google form first, you go to the digital version the test and screenshot the desired image. Then you go to the image and crop it. After that you go to google drive and upload a file. once the image is on google drive you go to google forms and add image.


Dennis Harper, Founder of the Generation YES nonprofit organization

Victoria Bawn