Youth Engagement – Wisdom2Action
Using Technology to Support Youth
July 10, 2017

Full Report

Reporting on strategies that work at engaging children and youth in challenging contexts as full members of their communities and ending their feelings of disempowerment and abandonment.

Abstract: It is important to understand youth engagement as central to any best practice intervention. Valuing youth engagement puts the focus on the positive contribution that youth make to programs and their effectiveness; this moves programs from being done “for” youth to “with” youth. There is a gap in the research in how to identify the source and implications of youth vulnerability for their engagement (Paterson & Panessa, 2008a; Poland, Tupker, & Breland, 2002). The purpose of this report is to explore how different youth engagement strategies are being used to help children and youth in the most challenging of contexts nurture resilience, prevent mental health problems and build a special place for themselves in the collective life of their communities.

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Summary Document

It is important to understand youth engagement as central to any best practice intervention. Valuing youth engagement puts the focus on the positive contribution that youth make to programs and their effectiveness; this moves programs from being done “for” youth to “with” youth. There is a gap in the research in how to identify the source and implications of youth vulnerability for their engagement (Paterson & Panessa, 2008a; Poland, Tupker, & Breland, 2002). The purpose of this report is to explore how different youth engagement strategies are being used to help children and youth in the most challenging of contexts nurture resilience, prevent mental health problems and build a special place for themselves in the collective life of their communities.

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Policy Checklist

Our policy checklist will help you put the recommendations from our Youth Engagement Report into action. Download your checklist in colour or black and white, then print and share!

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The CYCC Network partnered with YouthNet to create this video, showcasing YouthNet’s innovative strategies for engaging with young people in a meaningful way. Watch to learn more about YouthNet’s innovative services and to get tips on engaging with young people.

Prepared By

Emily Pelley (née Zinck)

Co-leads

Michael Ungar
Scientific Director, Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) Network
Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University

Shelly Whitman
Child Soldiers Initiative

Members

Silvia Exenberger
SOS Children’s Village International

Isabelle LeVert-Chaisson
WUSC

Linda Liebenberg
Resilience Research Centre

Jimmy Ung
Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Alison Forshner
CYCC Network

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