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Exploring Youth Voice and Youth-Adult Partnership


August 2018


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Everyone Benefits When Youth Are Consulted

An effective and evidence-based way to improve schools, nonprofits, and government agencies is to make decisions in partnership with those being served. Research has shown that giving youth a voice results in increased feelings of engagement and ownership. For example, students who believe they have a voice in school are seven times more likely to be academically motivated than students who do not believe they have a voice.

This six-page resource provides answers to questions that include:

  • What Is Youth-Adult Partnership?
  • Why Does Youth-Adult Partnership Matter?
  • How Can We Grow Youth-Adult Partnership Within Our Organization?
  • Why Should You Invest in Promoting Youth-Adult Partnership?

The document also includes a set of tips for educators and youth workers dedicated to these concepts.