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Engaging Diverse Populations

Successful engagement of diverse populations doesn’t just mean translating your materials into other languages. It can involve adjusting a program’s terminology, group norms, and personal interactions. Principles for engaging diverse populations can be incorporated into the design, delivery, and implementation of services provided.

Key Considerations

  • Diversity is a broadly defined topic, covering personal differences in language, culture, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other factors, as well as variability in language skills, reading level, personal interactions, and other topics that service providers must prepare for, recognize and respond to.
  • Understand the needs of your audience, and design services and materials in response to those needs in a strategic, meaningful way.
  • Include the youth you’re serving in your activities as true partners. Give youth meaningful program roles by setting clear goals and roles, being flexible, and taking time to build relationships.

See the Engaging Select Populations E-Learning Module for more information.

Expectant and Parenting Teens

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth

Find more resources on Creating Safe and Supportive Environments and Ensuring Inclusivity of LGBTQ Youth.


Minority Youth

Runaway and Homeless Youth

Rural Youth

Young Fathers

Youth in Out-of-Home Care

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on May 14, 2019