Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)

Youth Engagement

Volunteer Engagement Module

Trail Core Competencies

A key component to a successful youth volunteer program is knowing that youth require a different approach than adult groups when it comes to keeping them motivated, safe and productive. This guide provides tools and strategies for meaningful youth engagement as well as concrete examples of approaches that have worked for VOC in a variety of youth programming settings.


  • Define why you will engage youth
  • Methods for recruiting youth volunteers
  • Group dynamics development process
  • Subjects to cover when setting a list of rules and expectations
  • Motivating youth participants and building their leadership and critical thinking skills
  • Dealing with behavioral issues and managing conflict

Trail Types Covered

    General. All trail types are relevant.

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