Model and Promote Positive Communication Skills
Active Listening and Feedback
These handouts were designed to help youth work professionals model and explain positive communication skills.
The U.S. Department of State "Diplomacy in Action" site includes a helpful page describing the positive use of "I" messages.
Teaching Resources for Youth Educators - A Source Book
Created by Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development, this collection of teaching materials includes activities, games, exercises, handouts, and worksheets that deal with interpersonal communication skills, relationships, conflict resolution, and public speaking.
Created by Michigan 4-H Youth Development, this toolkit provides activities to engage young people in creative expression and communication activities using different media.
This Advocates for Youth lesson plan uses role plays to teach communication skills.
Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning
This manual from the John W. Gardner Center includes many exercises aimed at building communication and social skills.
Teach Social Skills
101 Ways to Teach Children Social Skills
This free book by Lawrence E. Shapiro includes strategies for teaching social skills to children, particularly those with social problems.
Use Group Learning Strategies
This handout includes collaborative learning activities and tips.
Jim Cain's Raccoon Circles
This collection of team-building activities is for both small and large groups. Many of the activities are intended to be done outdoors.
This is a database of free group games, icebreakers, and team-building activities.
Youth Adult Partnership Manual
This Innovation Center manual offers activities for youth and adults, both separately and jointly, in preparation for working together.
Teach Conflict Resolution Skills
Six Steps to Solving Problems
The Raising Children Network describes six steps for working with a young person in order to reach a solution together.
Consensus - Action Planning
This handout describes an inclusive process for group planning.
Out on a Limb: A Guide to Getting Along
Developed by University of Illinois Extension, this interactive site teaches children conflict resolution skills. A teachers' guide is included.
Assessing Peer Conflict and Aggressive Behavior
This Child Trends brief discusses peer conflict and aggressive behaviors, ways to reduce these behaviors, and assessment.
What Works for Promoting and Enhancing Positive Social Skills
This Child Trends literature review of 38 programs identifies practices that work, or do not work, to promote positive social skills.