Authentic youth engagement prepares and empowers youth to challenge their social position and ensure a better future, for themselves, their communities, and their nation. Achieving authentic youth engagement doesn't have to be difficult! Below is a short infographic I made highlighting four ways to achieve authentic youth engagement.
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 … Continue reading From tokenism to authentic youth engagement
The field of youth work has lost much of its revolutionary potential as it has become diffused within the global capitalist framework. The article, Captured by Capital: Youth Work and the Loss of Revolutionary Potential, offers a critical analysis of the influence of global capitalism on the youth service sector. In a previous post, I discussed in … Continue reading What happened to radical youth work?
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 … Continue reading Meaningful youth engagement: Multiple contexts, multiple realities, multiple approaches