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Guiding Principles for Youth Engagement

Engaging young people in a meaningful way takes thoughtful planning.

For 14 years, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative led many successful efforts to engage young people throughout the nation.  They distilled this wealth of knowledge into three key principles:

  • Preparation. Young people need to be effectively prepared and empowered to make informed decisions about matters that affect their lives;
  • Support. Young people should have customized services and a network of supportive relationships that meet their needs and promote a healthy transition to adulthood; and
  • Opportunity. Young people should be provided with an array of life opportunities that promote optimal growth and development. These include experiential learning; healthy risk-taking; and participation in normal everyday activities that contribute to social confidence and positive identity formation.

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Content last reviewed on March 14, 2017