Youth-adult partnerships

March 13, 2019
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!  1. What is the research about? This research examines effective practices to supervision for youth worker professional development. The purpose is to provide examples of strategies for how to incorporate three supervisory strategies into practice: authentic relationship building; emotional safety for staff with their direct manager; and reflective learning to increase capacity and professional development of the...
February 18, 2019
Youth-adult partnerships in child and youth services engage the participants in collaborative, shared decision making, in areas such as governance, program planning and implementation, and advocacy. However, these partnerships often occur in isolation, and fail to engage in potentially useful, larger conversations about theory and research. Therefore, in an effort to provide common grounds for understanding and engaging in such partnerships, we offer an overview of current literature. We discuss definitions and discourses, describe models of youth-adult partnerships, and briefly consider...
February 18, 2019
Scholars in the field of community well-being and development have long been concerned with the theme of participation. Since external resources of various kinds are often limited (DeFilippis and Saerget 2012), community members need to take charge of their own development — a process which should assist them to engage in deliberate action to improve their quality of life. Some community members may be involved in this process as professionals; government agencies or nonprofit organizations usually employ these individuals. However, the number of such professionals dedicated to any given...
February 15, 2019
Quality relationships between youth and adults are critical for effective youth development programming. However, not all youth-adult relationships equally contribute to positive development. Of the differing types of relationships, youth-adult partnerships, characterized by opportunities for youth voice and supportive relationships with adults, are associated with positive youth development outcomes. Available research supports this claim finding participation in a youth-adult partnership is associated with outcomes such as greater empowerment, psychological agency, and community...
June 01, 2017
This infographic was created by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health as part of their Youth Engagement Toolkit. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS INFOGRAPHIC:Adults will benefit from youth engagement because it: Boosts energy Increases adults' sense of belonging Increases connectedness Promotes new strategies for interacting with youth Brings new perspectives to decision-making Strengthens client-service provider relationship Builds confidence in working with youth Deconstructs stereotypes about young people
February 26, 2017
Youth contributions to others (e.g., volunteering) have been connected to indicators of successful development, including self-esteem, optimism, social support, and identity development. Youth-adult partnerships, which involve youth and adults working together towards a shared goal in activity settings, such as youth-serving agencies or recreation organizations, provide a unique opportunity for examining youth contributions. We examined associations between measures of youth's participation in youth-adult partnerships (psychological engagement and degree of partnering) in activity settings...
August 11, 2016
This video was produced by The Neutral Zone. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO:The Youth Driven Space (YDS) project believes youth thrive when they have a voice and engage in genuine decision making. We empower youth by supporting organizations to develop new practices that lead to a culture of youth and adult partnerships. Youth-driven programs: Increase youth engagement Develop 21st Century & socio-emotional learning skills Support higher-quality programs Prepare young people for roles in civic engagement
March 09, 2016
This toolkit was published by the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS TOOLKIT:The Youth-Adult Partnership in Evaluation (Y-AP/E) Resource Guide notes that involving youth in evaluation is a relatively new phenomenon. The rationale for involving youth in evaluation is rooted in democratic principles. Morevoer, there are positive outcomes associated with youth involvement in evaluation for individual youth, adults, the organizations that they work in and the communities where they live. Similar outcomes are produced through youth-adult partnerships generally...