Here are a few youth-related resources I have (co)created over the years:
Understanding the Continuum of Youth Involvement
Tips for Shared Learning Among Youth and Adults
Tips for a Meaningful Mentor/Mentee Relationship
Youth Organizing for Educational Change
As the field of youth organizing has grown, educational issues continue to surface as priorities in communities across the country. While stories of powerful youth-led campaigns have found circulation, the stories of “how they got there” have been hard to come by. This paper provides some of the “back story” from successful youth organizing efforts from around the country that describes the evolution of the work and lessons-learned that were the foundation of subsequent successful campaigns.
Engaging Youth for Community Change: The Role of Young People in Nashville's Child and Youth Master Plan
The Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change
Provides a series of core principles and practices that are critical, but often overlooked, when adults and adult driven organizations and communities work to engage young people. This paper provides a framework for more effective practices in engaging young people as agents of community change.
Support, Expectations, Awareness, and Influence
Youth and Democracy Special Issue
Journal of Community Psychology, 2007
A related resource written about our work at Community IMPACT:
Youth Adult Partnerships for Public Action
The Forum partnered with the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Nonprofits to publish Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action: Principles, Organizational Culture and Outcomes. This study focuses on how organizations translate principles of youth engagement into practice and build a culture of partnership, as well as the outcomes – for young people, institutions and communities – that can result when they do. The research focuses on two organizations, Austin Voices for Education and Youth and Oasis Community IMPACT in Nashville, TN, but the lessons can help any organization committed to meaningful youth engagement advance their efforts in concrete ways.