Young people are the experts in their own lives and should be fully engaged in decision making that affects them — from leading their own case planning to partnering with system leaders to improve child welfare policy and practice. Authentic youth engagement builds individual leadership skills, strengthens meaningful relationships and leads to effective solutions. Learn about authentic youth engagement as a best practice for systems change in child welfare.
A Framework for Effectively Partnering With Young People
This guide explores authentic youth engagement, including how it benefits young people, why it works and what it looks like in real life.
Authentic Youth Engagement: Youth-Adult Partnerships
This paper illustrates the benefits to young people of authentic youth engagement through youth-adult partnerships.
Realizing the Power of Youth and Young Adult Voice Through Youth Leadership Boards
This issue brief describes experiences with implementing youth leadership boards and includes the perspectives of young people and the adults engaged with them.