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Youth Voice

Youth voice is a generic term that refers to the ways in which young people are given opportunities to express their opinions, ideas, perspectives, experience, and knowledge. Giving young people the opportunity to shape the programs, communities, and institutions that affect their lives is a key tenet of positive youth development theory and practice. While youth voice is essential to the work that happens in youth serving organizations or institutions, it can be difficult to actualize given time constraints and larger structural or cultural barriers to youth participation. This entry further describes the term youth voice and gives some examples of it. It then discusses the impact of youth voice; critiques of the term; the skills, attributes, and practices that support youth voice; and recent ...

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