Youth Input, Leadership, and Direction

Youth Input, Leadership, and Direction

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Building Relationships
Youth program staff may not understand how to create a system where youth have input, give direction to the program, and serve in leadership roles. The basics of this system are the same as those for any good relationship and include Respect, Communication, and Support.

Gathering Youth Input
Using formal and informal strategies for getting youth input will make the program stronger and more appealing for youth by generating programs that interest the participants and give youth a sense of ownership and agency.

Community Building
Youth program staff should try to help youth make connections to community and business leaders to help connect youth to role models and organizations within the community. However, to help make connections, program staff need to see potential connections and understand the roadblocks youth face when trying to make connections.