SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
- Every youth can and must be seen as a resource and leader in their community. When their voices are included, they are empowered to make a difference in local, national and global education, community life, and important issues of society.
- Youth become engaged and empowered when both leading and partnering with adults to transform institutions, communities and the world. Together and united, youth and adults, make a powerful force for local, national and global change.
- All people, including youth, have value and worth deserving of the dignity of recognition and respect.
- The more young people are empowered to serve and take responsibility as problem-solvers, the greater the chance of building good future leaders.
- Engaging the whole child, mentally, social/emotionally, and spiritually, encourages effective, lifelong, self-directed learners.
- Communities become a safer place when all members, including youth, are involved and have ownership.
- The youth empowerment model builds an environment of trust between youth and adults that reflects individual and community strengths resulting in more caring, safe, and sustainable communities.