Big Kids, Episode 3: Leadership and Empowerment for All Ages

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Season 4, Episode 3: Leadership and Empowerment for All Ages

Season 4, Episode 3: Leadership and Empowerment for All Ages

In this episode we make connections with supporting leadership and empowerment within an anti-bias, anti-racist, and culturally responsive program environment. We hear from children, youth activists, and both ELO and early childhood providers about strategies for empowering young people. We also review specific activities and supports you can implement in your program to foster leadership skills. This includes a fun herb garden activity and a child led planning sheet you can use to support child led activities in your program.

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Each Circle Time Magazine episode includes an educational video delivered in talk show format. Join us for Episode 3 to learn more about leadership skills and empowering relationships.

For 1-page activity plans and more information on growing leadership skills download the print version or view the magazine online.

Dive into Books

Books for kids: 
Read aloud: 

  • Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beathy (Spanish Edition: Sofía Valdez, presidenta tal vez por Andrea Beathy)
  • We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
  • Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman by Sharice Davids
  • Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi
  • The Magical Yet by Angela Diterlizzi


Chapter books for readers 8 years and older:

  • Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore (Spanish Edition: Estrellas bajo los pies por David Barclay Moore)
  • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  • Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Perez
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Books for grown-ups:

  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown (Spanish Edition: Resumen Completo: Atrevete A Liderar)
  • Teen Advisory Council Guidebook by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and the Neutral Zone Teen Center
  • Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues: Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls by Monique W. Morris

Two-Minute Tips

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Helpful Resources—Episode 3: Leadership and Empowerment for All Ages

Here are some additional resources to explore for fostering empowering relationships and growing leadership skills.

School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is dedicated to building community systems that support quality afterschool, youth development, and summer programs for Washington’s children and youth ages five through young adulthood. SOWA provides training for youth development professionals and it advocates for the Expanded Learning Opportunities field statewide.

Rooted in Rights tells authentic, accessible stories to challenge stigma and redefine narratives around disability, mental health, and chronic illness. They offer a collection of videos by young people discussing their experiences and ways adults can best support them.

This in-service suite offers ideas early childhood teachers can use to engage children in classroom activities and routines. Learn how giving simple tasks to children keeps them engaged.

This website offers bullying-prevention resources including training, lesson plans, and book lists geared towards children in pre-k through eighth grade. Check out these one-pagers: Be Prepared for Questions and Put-Downs Around Gender, Be Prepared for LGBTQ Questions & Concerns, and What Do You Say to “That’s So Gay” and Other Anti-LGBTQ Comments?

YPAR trains youth, using principles of social justice, to conduct research to improve the lives of young people, their communities, and the institutions that serve them.

TRANSLATION NOTE: Please be aware that there might be slight discrepancies and minor differences between the posted, printed, or electronic text in English and the corresponding Spanish translation, due to the editing and updating of the different versions.

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