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Governments Engaging Youth (GEY) programs offer an opportunity to teach youth civic and 21st century skills and competencies. It also helps youth gain real life experiences to practice those skills and to understand local government first-hand through speakers, field trips and internships or job shadows. Here you will find different examples of program curriculum related to how government operates, developing soft skills, and preparing students to develop advocacy projects, as well as resources to help you with work-based learning experiences to make the most out of your program for youth.

What do we want youth to know?

Program Calendars

Program Developed Curriculum & Additional Resources (Intern Resources, Orientation Materials, etc.)

Advocacy Curriculum Resources

Soft Skills Curriculum Resources

Work-Based Learning Resources

Our GEY program is fortunate to have NAF (formerly the National Academy Foundation) participating in our Advisory and Technical Team. Included here are resources and best practices related to work-based learning.

NAF Work-Based Learning Plan






Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an instructional strategy that:

  • Connects what students are learning in class to the world of work
  • Involves interaction with partners
  • Provides students a continuum of experiences
  • Aligns with intentional student learning outcomes 
  • Prepares students for success in post-secondary education and careers
  • Benefits the student, the partner, the teacher, and the school
Resources for Work-Based Learning Best Practices from NAF and Partners

Sample Internship Projects

Sample Internship Projects-Ventura County Civic Alliance

Digital Badging

Our GEY efforts are supported by the Linked Learning Alliance and their participation in our Advisory Committee. Their expertise in digital badging is shared in the content provided here and in the resource:

Digital Badging: An Introduction and Guide to Getting Started

Digital badges offer a visual way to showcase specific skills and accomplishments. At times it may be able to better provide unique context and background about an individual than traditional transcripts or certificates. Also referred to as online badges, digital badges often represent a more detailed picture than a CV or resumé as they can be presented in ever-changing combinations, creating a constantly evolving picture of a person’s lifelong learning. Click here for a video introduction to digital badging.

Here are some examples of what a digital badge can represent:

  • Learning (an institution someone attends or an online learning experience)
  • Work (past internships or jobs)
  • Program or club participation (volunteer, leadership)
  • Accomplishment (won a competition or received an award)
  • Skill (leadership, problem-solving, empathy)

Program Attendance, Dress, Policy Handbook for Youth

Graduation Ceremonies

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