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Working Together Youth involvement and leadership Involvement What does it mean Spectrum of Youth Leadership Youth Participation Youth give input into program decision making sometimes Youth Involvement Youth provide regular input into program decision making Youth Driven Youth have important valuable meaningful roles in leadership positions including governance and programming Youth Run Youth fill a majority of leadership positions and manage the day to day operations of the organization or project Youth Led Youth are in all major leadership roles and have majority membership on decision making group board or council with appropriate support from adult allies A few KEY questions Who decides how RESOURCES will be allocated where will we spend the money Who decides WHAT gets done Who decides HOW it gets done Who DOES it Moving Toward Youth Led Address power dynamics Maintain high expectations Prioritize youth voices Moving Toward Youth Led Invest in leadership development Support personal development Be culturally competent Change adult perceptions Adult Ally Strives to be a partner and role model Approaches work with young people as a mutually beneficial partnership Is clear about his or her intentions Creates a comfortable space for young people Adult Ally Includes youth in decision making Listens to youth doesn t talk down Does not assume that youth only know about youth issues Supports the hopes and dreams of young people Team Exercise How will you set up your project to integrate youth leadership and decision making How will you create structures where young people can graduate and take on increasing levels of leadership and responsibility the longer they remain in the organization How will you build the ability of adults to listen to and support youth in this process Report Back Each Team report on ONE Integration of youth leaders decision making Structure for increasing responsibility Building adult allies Affirmation I appreciate the effort you have put forth



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