Practical approaches to youth engagement in Safe Routes to School

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 1:00 pm EST

Safe Routes to School has enjoyed success in tens of thousands of elementary and middle schools across the country and has helped make walking and bicycling a safe and appealing way for kids to get to and from school. In many communities, programs have been in place long enough to see one generation of students “graduate” and move on to middle and even high school. For these older students, youth engagement strategies can help maintain enthusiasm and interest in safe routes to school, and the payoff may surprise you.

Youth engagement theory and application can be daunting, but this webinar discusses practical application of youth engagement theories in school-based Safe Routes to School programs. Webinar presenters provide the basics on youth engagement, highlight proven strategies and successful outcomes in applying youth engagement to safe routes activities, and then provide advice and lessons learned to help safe routes practitioners and youth educators get started.


  • Mike Patza, Planner, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.
  • Nadji Kirby, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Montgomery County, Maryland DOT

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