Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices focuses on positive methods for youth development that are rapidly supplanting the traditional deficit-oriented, problem-reduction approaches. Edited by eminent scholars Francisco A. Villarruel, Daniel F. Perkins, Lynne M. Borden, and Joanne G. Keith, this accessible volume provides practical tools and models for developing community-wide initiatives that strengthen protective factors, build competencies, and focus on thriving indicators. Examining the needs of multiple audiences, programs, and policies, each chapter contributes to an overall understanding of the "how" and "why" of community youth development. Designed for upper division undergraduate and graduate students in human development, family studies, and education, Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices is also an invaluable resource for researchers, practitioners, and policy advocates for youth and community development.
Chapter 14: Giving Youth a Voice in their Own Community and Personal Development: Strategies and Impacts of Bringing Youth to the Table
Giving Youth a Voice in their Own Community and Personal Development: Strategies and Impacts of Bringing Youth to the Table
This chapter describes the benefits for communities and organizations when youth are included in key decision-making roles or youth governance roles. Then we examine common reasons youth have been excluded from these roles and how to successfully overcome [Page 298]these barriers. Finally, examples are provided of youth as advocates, grantmakers, and policymakers in their own communities.
The field of positive youth development has drawn attention to the importance of recognizing and building on youth assets so that youth can be “fully prepared” rather than just ...