Providing physical spaces where young people feel valued and empowered is essential to positive youth development.
Safe spaces for youth should be places where young people can come together to express themselves and engage in decision-making processes that impact their lives. Youth should have an active and on-going role in creating a youth-friendly space, including guidelines, safety protocols, atmospheres, activities, and so forth.Continue reading “Youth cafés: creating youth-friendly spaces”→
Before I was a fairly educated and passionate individual about social change, I was the almost-all-encompassing poster child for Canada’s oppressed and marginalized group: A young, poor immigrant black girl living in one of Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods.
Authentic youth engagement prepares and empowers youth to challenge their social position and ensure a better future, for themselves, their communities, and their nation, and achieving authentic youth engagement doesn’t have to be difficult!
I created this infographic to highlight four simple ways to achieve authentic youth engagement.
Youth engagement model has been gaining momentum in various fields that work closely with young people, including schools, youth programs and services, youth organizations, and other institutions working to help young people thrive.
Youth-focused organizations thrive to implement youth engagement practices that capture the voice of young people they serve.
A while ago, while catching up with a good friend of mine and, during a mutual vent-session over the frustration we feel about the youth sector, she mentioned something I found puzzling.
Some key youth organizations in the community were opposed to evaluation practices to assess their youth programs and services, even when the opportunities to do so were available. Not surprisingly, some of these programs were not doing so well, although they have been running for a decade or so.