We increasingly hear talk these days about youth engagement, a popular youth-development strategy that has been successful in many places – but that remains underused in many others.
True youth engagement involves young people in the creation of their own destinies. The education and youth-service fields have substantially increased youth-engagement efforts and opportunities in recent years, reaping some wonderful results.
But we need to look at what we’ve learned from those efforts so that we can do better. Too often, adults embrace youth engagement weakly: They conduct a youth survey, hold a summit or appoint a few . . .
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