John Oyler is a dedicated and thoughtful designer of participatory approaches and Community Youth Development programs. John was on staff of the Institute of Cultural Affairs for more than 35 years. During that time, he was part of ICA’s pioneering efforts in developing inclusive collaborative methods which help groups deal with change and move towards effective action. This provided him with extensive experience in facilitation, training, consulting, planning, curriculum design and program development with very diverse groups, including 15 years in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Islands. For 20 years, he had an intensive focus on developing local, national and international partnerships in the field of Community Youth Development, in which youth and adults of all ages work together to build healthy, just and sustainable communities. This focus included the initiation and development of a Youth as Facilitative Leaders version of ToP training now being delivered in numerous locations in the U.S. and abroad. John holds a BA in German Literature from Dickinson College.

Retirement for John includes a keen interest in Philadelphia sports teams and a lot of volunteer work with Arizona Center for Youth Resources (ACYR).

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