Friday Link Round Up–Youth Development

by Michele Martin on June 22, 2018

Many CILs are working with young people, developing programs and resources to serve their needs. In this week’s Round-Up, we share some resources related to youth development and youth programming.

Youth Cafe Toolkit–“A youth café is a safe, dedicated, quality meeting space for young people ranging in age from 10 to 25 years. It is determined by young people for young people, in partnership with adults in the locality.” Although written for an Irish audience, this toolkit provides a wealth of information and ideas for CILs to explore.

Try it Tuesday Blog–A few years ago, I worked with the Philadelphia Youth Network to help them bring more youth engagement practices to their workforce programs. The Try It Tuesday blog offers a wealth of ideas for engaging with teens in creative ways.

A Guide to Hosting Your Own ParentCamp–Parents are key to youth success. This guide can help you develop an “unconference” style day-long discussion series with parents.

Liberating Structures–A wealth of activities that can be used with youth and adults to increase engagement and improve the quality of discussions.

Engaging Youth: A How-To Guide for Creating Opportunities for Young People to Participate, Lead and Succeed–Youth leadership best practices and tools.


Over the last few years, I’ve had the chance to sit with CIL Centers from around the country and interview them about their entrepreneurial ventures. In this week’s Round Up, we pull them together.

Amy Beck, Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living

Mike Mayer, Summit Center for Independent Living

Kimberly Tissot, ABLE South Carolina

Anne Weeks, Mountain State Centers for Independent Living

Kathie Noble Iverson, Independent Living Resources

Mike Iverson, Topeka Independent Living Resource Center

Lee Schulz, Independence First

Eli Gelardin, Marin Center for Independent Living

Dennis Fitzgibbons, Alpha One


Friday Link Round Up: The Networked Nonprofit

June 8, 2018

One of the best ways to expand outreach and services is by developing nonprofit networks, the topic for this week’s Round Up. Nonprofit Networking: The New Way to Grow–An overview of how strategic networks can grow impact. Becoming a Networked Nonprofit–This article covers the different stages of becoming a networked nonprofit. The Networked Nonprofit–A full […]

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Friday Link Round Up–Making Progress

June 1, 2018

It’s easy to feel like we never make progress, stuck trying to keep up with our never-ending “to do” lists. This week we share some tips to help you move forward and recognize your progress. The Best Way to Use All Those 5 Minutes of Downtime Every Day–When you have a few spare minutes during […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Wellbeing at Work

May 25, 2018

As we head into Memorial Day weekend where the focus is on picnics and relaxation, we share some articles related to cultivating wellbeing at work. Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing at Work–Beth Kanter is the co-author of The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit and is an evangelist for promoting wellbeing in nonprofit workplaces. These tips […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Leading Innovation

May 18, 2018

In previous Round-Ups, we’ve shared posts on innovation in organizations. This week we’re focusing on leading innovation. Rethinking Six Management Mantras for Better Innovation–A good starting point for encouraging innovation in your CIL. Four Cardinal Points of Leading Innovation Culture–Leading innovation involves working with contradictions. To keep your organization centered while working creative tensions, return […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Transparency

May 4, 2018

Increasingly, statistics point to one principle that correlates with happy, loyal staff: transparency in the workplace. This week we’re sharing resources to help you increase transparency in your CIL. Complexity Demands New Approaches to Work–Social sector organizations must consider whether their internal operating system is serving them, their clients, and their pursuit of social impact. […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Engaging with Your Community

April 27, 2018

In this week’s post, we explore partnership building and community engagement. Community Toolbox–Tons of tools and resources for all aspects of community partnership-building. Making Community Partnerships Work: A Toolkit–Includes partnership-building advice and case studies. Civic Engagement and the Restoration of Community–We can create change and more authentic engagement by creating different conversations. This important read […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Framing

April 20, 2018

How we frame issues–the metaphors we use to talk about them, the ways we set context around them–have profound influences on how and whether people will act. Any advocacy or communication work we do must be based in an understanding of how to create effective frames and use them to achieve our objectives. So this […]

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Friday Link Round-Up

April 13, 2018

The best CIL’s are learning all the time. In this week’s Round-Up, we look at how to use communities of practice. These are “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” Introduction to Communities of Practice–An excellent introductory […]

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