Why Youth Engagement Happens

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There are several factors that make youth engagement happen. However, today’s popular forms of youth engagement generally don’t acknowledge those factors.

Whether or not a young person is going to become engaged is determined by three things:

  • the social and economic environment
  • the physical environment, and
  • the person’s individual characteristics and behaviors

The ways young people live determine their engagement. Because of this, blaming youth for being disengaged from particular activities or issues or crediting them for being engaged in ways you approve of is inappropriate.

Youth are unlikely to be able to directly control many of the factors affecting youth engagement.


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The Practice of Youth Engagement by Adam Fletcher!
The Practice of Youth Engagement by Adam Fletcher!
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