Youth engagement is a critical component in creating a supportive environment for social and emotional wellness and academic growth for students. This page serves as a resource for schools seeking to develop and maintain a successful youth engagement effort. Youth engagement is a powerful approach to improving policies, programs and practices related to youth. More information
What does youth engagement mean?
Meaningful youth engagement occurs when young people are involved in responsible, challenging actions to create positive social change.
- This means involving youth in planning and in making decisions that affect themselves and others.
- Youth engagement happens in youth-adult partnerships that are structured so that both groups contribute, teach, and learn from each other.
National Resource Center for Youth Development – Youth Engagement Toolkit
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Best Practices User Guide: Youth Engagement
Engaging Youth as Partners in Creating Healthy, Safe, and Welcoming Schools
The following sites provide educators, parents and community members with a diverse collection of information and resources that will guide them in effectively partnering with youth.
- Engage Youth! Colorado’s Guide to Building Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships
- Getting Youth to the Table Tips
- Youth-Adult Partnerships Resource Catalog
- What Kids Can Do
- Free Child Project
- Sound Out.org
The Colorado Legacy Foundation believes that increased student achievement for all Colorado students requires effective leaders in every school, effective educators in every classroom, and healthy and engaged students who come to school ready to learn.