Youth engagement has gained momentum in many fields that work closely with young people, including youth programs and services, youth organizations, schools, 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. While it is important to recognize the importance of youth engagement, the issue of youth tokenism remains an important issue in the field of youth work. Continue reading “From tokenism to authentic youth engagement”→
Youth engagement practices support young people’s participation in shaping their communities and the decisions that affect their lives, as well as foster positive youth development.
Meaningful youth engagement is an important factor in positive youth development that strengthen young people’s civic commitment, extend their social capital, help them create meaningful relationships with adults, and foster strong self-esteem and build a sense of self and collective efficacy .
Various studies have found that meaningful youth engagement reduces risk-associated behavior among young people.
Engaged youth are able to build skills that support their transition to productive adulthood, reduce their risk-associated behaviors, increase their civic awareness, and cultivate a sense of belonging. Youth engagement also supports better youth-service delivery .
Meaningful youth engagement also helps young people recognize oppressive power structures that prevent individuals from achieving their needs and priorities, and build their leadership capacities to challenge social injustices and inequalities.