One youth from Fond du Lac County and eleven youth from other counties in Wisconsin participated in a virtual exchange with 16 youth from Kansas. The exchange consisted of six youth-led Zoom meetings for the last few months. Youth were able to share information about themselves, interests, facts about their states as well as other topics discussed during meetings. Youth selected the topics that were discussed at each of the meetings. The use of Google site, Climer Cards, and Padlets allowed youth to connect in between meetings as well.
The goals of the exchange were that youth would experience belonging, learn something new, and develop their own leadership skills. 100% of the youth who completed the evaluation selected that they strongly agreed to the statements, “I feel part of a group and strongly connected with others,” and “I learned something new”, as a result of the meetings. 100% of the youth who completed the evaluation selected that they strongly agreed or agreed that their “confidence in sharing my thoughts with a group has increased since meeting.”