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Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change

March 2, 2018

Engaging young people as partners in community change is a compelling idea, but translating that idea into effective practice requires focused attention to a range of issues. They are important but simple principles for putting the idea of youth engagement into practice.

The principles can be implemented in a wide range of organizations, including schools, youth organizations or community centers that want to strengthen their commitment to youth leadership, or community-change focused organzations or coalitions that want to strengthen their commitment to youth involvement.

At the foundation of the paper is the idea that 'young people and adults working together to create the necessary conditions for the successful development of themselves, their peers, their families and their communities' will lead to benefits for both the young people and the communities.

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Note: this content was originally published in 2007. It was reviewed and updated in March 2018.