When young people are active participants in planning their own lives, they develop leadership skills, improve their self-esteem, and form critical social connections. Learn about the Jim Casey Initiative’s core values, principles of authentic youth engagement, and emerging best practices.
The Adolescent Brain—New Research and Its Implications for Young People Transitioning from Foster Care
This Success Beyond 18 report outlines new research findings on adolescent brain development and the implications for young people aging out of foster care.
Authentic Youth Engagement: Youth-Adult Partnerships
This paper illustrates the benefits to young people of authentic youth engagement through youth-adult partnerships.
Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change
This paper illustrates how authentic youth engagement can help young people become social change agents and leaders in their communities.
Core Values and Principles for Youth Engagement
This backgrounder, introduced at the 2014 National Summit on Authentic Youth Engagement, lays out the Jim Casey Initiative’s core values and guiding principles for authentic youth engagement.
Realizing the Power of Youth and Young Adult Voice Through Youth Leadership Boards
This authentic youth engagement issue brief covers the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative’s experiences in implementing youth leadership boards and includes the perspectives of young people and the adults engaged with them.
Success Beyond 18: Quality Case Planning with Young Adults in Extended Foster Care
This Success Beyond 18 issue brief focuses on the transition and case planning process and the importance of young people in foster care building strong social networks and being prepared to enter adulthood with confidence and purpose.