There is a growing amount of confusion about what youth engagement is and is not.
- Youth engagement is not what you think it is.
- Youth engagement is not just focused on one issue or activity.
- Youth engagement is not the same as youth involvement, youth voice, or leadership.
- Youth engagement does not require youth voice—youth engagement is youth voice.
- Youth engagement does not need adult approval, guidance, or empowerment. Youth engagement can and does simply happen.
- If you want to engage young people on purpose, you might be able to do that—but you’d better make it worth replacing something else they’re engaged in right now.
- Youth engagement is not automatically youth empowerment.
If you’ve read the entire list and you still want to learn what youth engagement actually is, read on…
- What Is Youth Engagement?
- How to See Youth Engagement
- Why Youth Engagement Happens
- Where Youth Engagement Happens
- How to Engage Youth
- How to Support Youth Engagement
- 111 Ways to Engage Youth
- The Future of Youth Engagement
- The Cycle of Engagement
- The Practice of Youth Engagement by Adam Fletcher
- An Introduction to Youth Engagement in the Economy by Adam Fletcher
- A Unique Guide to Youth Engagement by Adam Fletcher
- The Freechild Project Youth Engagement Workshop Guide by Adam Fletcher
Other tools are out there, too – share your thoughts in the comments below! For more information about how The Freechild Project can support youth engagement in your community or organization, contact us.