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Help NCDD Explore a D&D Youth Leadership Initiative

Some of you may have heard already on our Discussion Listserv that, as part of our continued commitment to cultivating “democracy for the next generation,” NCDD’s director Sandy Heierbacher asked me to help conduct a scoping project to explore what possibilities there are to potentially launch a youth leadership /emerging leaders program within the NCDD network.

IMG_7985We are already collecting input from NCDD’s student and young professional members (young folks/students, share your input on our survey for a chance to win $50, and write to me at roshan@ncdd.org to join our youth conference call Jan. 25th at 7pm ET!) , but we are also looking for ideas and suggestions from the broader NCDD community on the big picture questions of:

  1. How you think NCDD might best support students and young people who are interested in or want to be involved in the D&D field? And,
  2. What role would you want to see young people who are part of NCDD playing in the Coalition? What kinds of contributions could you imagine them making and/or see the network supporting them to make?

So we are looking to start a discussion here on what you think NCDD as an organization and as a community could potentially do to cultivate more opportunities for and leadership from young people – who are the next generation – in our field.

We are open to hearing any and all of your thoughts on these bigger questions for our field. And to help get the conversation started, we also want to invite you to think about a few more specific questions:

  • What do you think is THE most important and/or effective thing that NCDD and the D&D community could do to support you getting more involved in the D&D field?
  • What other programs, schools, organizations, etc. do you know of that already are doing a good job getting young people involved in D&D work? What are others doing that we could learn from or build on?
  • Is there anything else that NCDD and the D&D community should do, change, keep in mind, and/or work on to support youth and student involvement and leadership in this field?

We know there are a lot of possibilities for potentially creating more programmatic or organizational supports for young people looking to join the D&D field, and thinking together with our brilliant NCDD members is a great way to unearth some of the best of those potentials.

We hope that you will take a few moments to contribute your input to our ongoing exploration in the comments section below. We hope to harvest the ideas that this discussion generates by the end of the month, so please chime in soon!

Thanks so much for all that you do, and of course, thank you for continuing to support NCDD!

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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  1. Lucas Cioffi says:

    Great to see you’re collecting ideas from your intended audience; it will be interesting to see what the data says.

    Two ideas:
    1. Collecting “My path into the D&D field” stories from luminaries in the field would be helpful for a young crowd and probably interesting to almost everyone.
    2. Trying realtime online events like group text chats and group video chats could make it quite exciting. We makes some tools for that at QiqoChat and of course there is Google Hangouts.
    3. An organized job board might also be helpful in drawing young talent to NCDD’s site regularly.

    Good luck with the exploration!

    • Roshan Bliss says:

      These are all great ideas, thanks Lucas! We had a lot of interest in continued mentoring sessions, so that might be one good way to have interesting and useful live online events. And we know that lots of our younger members really want help finding entry level jobs in the field, so creating something that serves the function of a job board is a definite component we’d want to have as part of a potential initiative.
      And that’s a very interesting suggestion about the “My path to the D&D field” stories. I do think they would be useful to younger members if we could find folks willing to write them for us. But I also bet that many of our more established members would also be interested in hearing each others’ stories. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Roshan Bliss says:

    One cool idea that the youth and student attendees of NCDD 2014 shared with us was the idea of having a two-way mentoring program where experienced D&D practitioners could teach & mentor young people interested in being part of the field, but also where young people could teach & mentor older D&D folks on engaging with young people, using technology & social media, and helping them understand what younger generations are concerned about today.
    Does that sound like the kind of program you’d want to participate in? What would you want to learn from a youth mentor?

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