1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. All people, including youth, have value and worth deserving of the dignity of recognition and respect.

  4. The more young people are empowered to serve and take responsibility as problem-solvers, the greater the chance of building good future leaders.

  5. Engaging the whole child, mentally, social/emotionally, and spiritually, encourages effective, lifelong, self-directed learners.

  6. Communities become a safer place when all members, including youth, are involved and have ownership.

  7. 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.