Learning Guide Template

template subject to change | current version: October 26, 2014


(a good title includes something about the activity and the goals)

Include photos here if you have them!

Summary (140 characters):

Goals and Values

What were your activity’s community goals? (could be as simple as getting participants to show up, or demonstrate the value of collective creativity, or a particular goal for impacting your community)

What do individual participants get out of the activity? (a. skills/knowledge gained, b. things created, c. friendships/community forged)

What parts of the process were led and designed by and with youth? (planning, outreach, leading/facilitating, implementing, sharing, etc.)

What You Need For This Activity

Who can participate?: (what ages) (individuals/families) (what skills)

What resources are necessary? (tech, space, a regular meeting time)

What kind of mentors/facilitators with what skills does it require?

How long does it take? (an afternoon, a week, a month, a year?)

Describe the places and social context that this project is amenable to:

How to Do This Activity

Tell a story about how to do this activity.

  • Break the activity down into steps, telling us about
    • preparation
    • recruitment
    • the process of the activity itself
    • how participants shared what they did
    • post-activity-follow-up
  • Finally, what would you do differently? Other notes and concerns?

Background and Context

Who are you, and what does your organization do? (feel free to use your stock org bio)

  • Are you willing to be contacted by Learning Guide users? + Contact Info.

Links to further resources:

  • Online resources: Handouts, code snippets, or other resources online somewhere? (links are fine)
  • Have there been other descriptions or documentation of this activity elsewhere?

Postscript: Qualities of a Good Story

After your write the how-to, reread your activity story with these points in mind

  • Specific details from events where this occurred (don’t over-generalize, readers can adapt to their own context)
  • The role that youth play and the process by which they are included, rather than solely focusing on the output.
  • What questions should organizers be asking themselves and youth as they plan their session?
  • How can the results of this activity be shared with families and communities?
  • Reflect on the core, non-negotiable guiding principles of your session, and make sure they’re included in the story (what is a narrative version of your broader goals?)