This issue brief explores the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative’s (JCYOI) experience in developing and implementing youth leadership boards. It includes the perspectives of young people in foster care and the adults engaged with them.
How youth engagement works.
What the teenage brain needs to develop properly.
How JCYOI encourages youth leadership and youth engagement.
What makes a youth leadership board successful.
Youth engagement is the foundational and cross-cutting strategy of the Jim Casey Initiative.
During adolescence, the brain undergoes a significant developmental process that is second only to early childhood.
In Jim Casey Initiative sites, youth leadership boards are the primary means of engaging young people.
Youth participation is a critical component that supports positive youth development.