Definition: Youth TimeBanking is a community service practice for supporting youth in developing community plans 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.
Vision: YTBNJ.org's Vision is that all youth transition to adulthood with the experience of demonstrating responsibility for service to others and with a strong sense of being connected to their community.
Mission: YTBNJ.org's Mission is to provide training and implementation support on the practice of Youth TimeBanking with community, family, and youth organizations and to provide technical assistance with using data reporting tools.
Projects: YTBNJ.org's current projects include:
- Prior to COVID-19, and hopefully next year, YTBNJ will coordinate opportunities for youth focused on five areas: 1) community service; 2) “Practice Sessions” with YTB Coaches to learn new skills; 3) YTB Event Days to demonstrate project activities; 4) YTB Field Trips for volunteer service experiences, and 5) YTB Leadership at Youth Conferences and YTB Event Management.
- During COVID-19, YTBNJ.org is coordinating YTB100. The goal is to earn 100 YTB credits by the end of the May thru August season. Youth will receive a reward each month.
The YTB Team will send participants a weekly list of activities to complete in five different categories. The categories are Write, Move, Design, Learn, and Serve. A small number of youths are participating in Season 1 from NJ, CT, VT along with members of a youth club in Jamaica.
Please review the following for background and context on Youth TimeBanking (click on links in each list item).
- IRS Letter of Determination for recognition of 501(c)3 tax-exempt status for YTBNJ.org
- YTB Overview
- YTB100 Introduction
- YTB100 Example
- Organizations supporting YTBNJ.org
- Brochure: Youth TimeBanking
- Brochure: Family TimeBanking
- Recognition: 2019 CARF International
- Recognition: 2020 NJAMHAA Outstanding Leadership in Technology Innovation
- Social Media: YTB Logo and Links
- Social Media: Instagram @YTB_NJ
- Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/YTBNJ.org
- Presentation: TCOM 2019 Palm Springs, YTB
- Presentation: TCOM 2018 Chicago, YTB
- Influential Book: No More Throw-Away People: The Co-Production Imperative, Dr. Edgar S. Cahn, https://timebanks.org/
- Influential Work on Co-Production, Dr. Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate, 1933-2012
Ostrom received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her groundbreaking research demonstrating that ordinary people are capable of creating rules and institutions that allow for the sustainable and equitable management of shared resources.
- Influential Book: Tiny Habits, Dr. BJ Fogg, https://www.bjfogg.com
- Influential Book: Grit, Dr Angela Duckworth, https://www.characterlab.org
- Influential Book: Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, Vivek H. Murthy, MD
Help and be helped. Service is a form of human connection that reminds us of our value and purpose in life. Checking on a neighbor, seeking advice, even just offering a smile to a stranger six feet away, all can make us stronger. <<-- This Is YTB (click this link to key points in book)
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