Definition: Youth TimeBanking is a community service practice for supporting youth to increase awareness of community organizations and expand their network of social supports. YTB is experiential learning in the interests of building community connections. YTB also introduces youth to principles of co-production and servant leadership. When youth are involved with community they strengthen their connections to their community and learn about Civic Engagement. As youth continue with YTB they experience co-production -- a model in which each person contributes to the plan, process, practice, and outcome.
Vision: YTBNJ.org's Vision is that all youth transition to adulthood with the experience of demonstrating responsibility for service with others and connections to their community. YTB is a system of service exchange that leverages the talents, capabilities, and energies of youth so that they are viewed as partners and co-producers to achieve shared goals and work towards shared visions in our communities.
Mission: Youth TimeBanking (YTB) supports youth with service opportunities to build community. YTBNJ’s activity is organized in 3-month seasons. Youth participate in service exchanges that increase community connections and give youth practice to “Build One Strength each Season” (BOSS). At the end of a season youth earn an opportunity for something they need, school supplies, an introduction, access, digital inclusion, sports gear, supplies for arts & crafts, lessons, coaching, a technology accessory, or gift card to support the local economy. If their need is urgent it will be addressed before the end of the season. YTB helps youth as they help others!