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Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change

Issue Brief
Karen Pittman and Shanetta Martin, The Forum for Youth Investment; Anderson Williams, Oasis/Community IMPACT
July 1, 2007
Engaging young people as partners in community change is a compelling idea, but translating that idea into effective practice requires focused attention to a range of issues. They are important but simple principles for putting the idea of youth engagement into practice.

The principles can be implemented in a wide range of organizations, including schools, youth organizations or community centers that want to strengthen their commitment to youth leadership, or community-change focused organzations or coalitions that want to strengthen their commitment to youth involvement.

At the foundation of the paper is the idea that 'young people and adults working together to create the necessary conditions for the successful development of themselves, their peers, their families and their communities' will lead to benefits for both the young people and the communities.