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Heather L. Ramey & Heather L. Lawford

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 42: The Evolution of Youth Empowerment: From Programming to Partnering

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The Evolution of Youth Empowerment: From Programming to Partnering
The Evolution of Youth Empowerment: From Programming to Partnering
Heather L. Ramey Heather L. Lawford

I’d rather be the program, than the reason for the program.

Introduction

This quote, from a participant in a participatory action research project by and for street-involved youth, has been adopted by The Students Commission of Canada as an informal mission statement for their work. The Students Commission is a nonprofit organization that helps young people ‘put their ideas for improving themselves, their communities and their world into action’ (Students Commission, 2016). It does so by coordinating and supporting projects, training, conferences, and other activities at local, provincial, and national levels. This young person’s statement ...

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