This guidebook is insight for organizations interested in creating a meaningful method for documenting youth achievements and using badges as the approach. Described is a summary of what steps and encounters other organizations may also experience as they learn more about badges and develop a badge system for their youth. In 2013, Yollocalli staff learned to recognize badges as a way to document youth achievements and became interested in creating badges for their youth. Yollocalli Arts Reach developed a proposal for Hive Chicago to document and talk about an art program’s journey into developing badges for youth who participate in the program. What Yollocalli staff learned is that the process would be challenging and it would take a lot of staff time, commitment, and collaboration with other organizations andpeers to develop a badge system that would be unique and meaningful.
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