Welcome to the “Youth Engagement” section of this toolkit.
Young people should be important contributors to school redesign. When they are authentically engaged, young people can be powerful messengers, communicating the importance of change to the wider community. However, they have historically been overlooked in the school redesign process. Youth and adults should be sitting at the table together, as full partners in the change process.
In this section you will find:
- Research on how youth engagement can lead to positive outcomes and improved student experience.
- An exploration of the importance of youth-adult relationships, including links to articles, videos, and a useful rubric to gauge your level of implementation.
- Descriptions of the positive impact of growing student voice, tips on how to support it, and links to several articles to read more.
- Resources on how to build youth-adult relationships.
- The benefits of training and supporting youth to conduct action research and links to several toolkits to help you bring this strategy to your school.
The Additional Resources section (button in the left column) highlights youth engagement guides, surveys, and rubrics; reports and articles; and bibliographies for further reading.