Key Distinguisher #1: Collaborative Design
Institutional design, opportunities, and programs are created with input from all relevant partners – including young people, school and CBO staff, and employers – addressing the needs and leveraging the strengths of all stakeholders.
Features of Collaborative Design:
- Opportunities and programs are co-designed by young people, employers, practitioners, educators and other key stakeholders
- There is a holistic approach designed to increase efficiency and maximize the benefits of braided work and learning for all stakeholders
- Work-based learning is integrated into curricula, institutional policies, structures, and/or procedures
- Young people exercise agency in the design, selection, and evaluation of their WBL experiences and are able to connect experiences to their interests and/or classroom learning
- There is an intentional effort to uplift the voices of marginalized communities, disrupt inequities, and accelerate justice