Youth and Adult Partnerships
The links below navigate away from MYAN to websites we think you'll find helpful. Advocates for Youth: Advocates for Youth believes that young people have the right to participate meaningfully in developing programs and policies that will affect their health and well-being. Advocates for Youth works in the United States and in developing countries to promote youth-adult partnerships and to empower young people as advocates and leaders in the field of sexual health. Provides information, training and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists and the media.
Building Partnerships for Youth: Building Partnerships for Youth is a partnership between National 4-H Council and the University of Arizona designed to build the capacity of societal institutions that work with young people. This project will support professionals in educational, health, faith-based, and voluntary youth organizations to facilitate the intentional integration of youth development concepts and approaches into policies and programs.
California Center for Civic Participation and Youth Development: The California Center works to engage youth in the democratic process by using youth development principles. It provides opportunities for middle and high school youth to participate in civic education, leadership, and service programs that directly connect to local, state, and federal issues. It encourages youth of all backgrounds to participate, including those considered to be at risk.
Child-Friendly Cities: A child-friendly city is a system of local governance committed to fulfilling children's rights, including their right to influence decisions about their city, be an equal citizen of their city with access to every service, regardless of ethnic origin, religion, income, gender or disability, and participate in family, community and social life among other key characteristics. The CFC website provides information on how to build a Child Friendly City/Community; includes data on good practices and initiatives; gathers relevant publications and updates on current research.
Community Partnerships with Youth (CPY): CPY is a national training, resource design and tehcnial assistance organization that specializes in promoting increased youth voice in communities and organizations.They specialize in trainings and curriculum around youth in governance and youth as philanthropists.
Find Youth Info: This website offers federally-developed interactive tools and other resources to help community organizations and partnerships in your efforts to support youth. Included are tools and resources to help you form effective partnerships, assess community assets, understand risk factors and protective factors, generate maps of local and Federal resources, and search for evidence-based youth programs.
Forum for Youth Investment: The Forum for Youth Investment (the Forum) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21--ready for college, work and life. This goal requires that young people have the supports, opportunities and services needed to prosper and contribute where they live, learn, work, play and make a difference. The Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information, technical assistance, training, network support and partnership opportunities needed to increase the quality and quantity of youth investment and youth involvement.
Freechild Project: The Freechild Project is a resource, training, and consultation program working with individuals and organizations around the world. They focus on a variety of topics, including youth voice, youth-led activism, meaningful youth involvement, and youth-adult partnerships.
Global Youth Action Network (GYAN): GYAN is a youth-led organization that unites the efforts of young people working to improve our world. The Network connects many thousands of organizations in over 190 countries and a growing membership is now helping to shape the future direction of GYAN. GYAN works to: facilitate youth participation and intergenerational partnership in global decision-making; support collaboration among diverse youth organizations; and to provide tools, resources, and recognition for positive youth action.
Innovation Center for Community Youth Development: The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development connects thinkers and leaders of all ages to develop fresh ideas, forge new partnerships, and design strategies that engage young people and their communities.
Health Resources in Action: Healthy Resource in Action works in partnership with community coalitions, collaborations, health and service providers, faith communities, health centers, youth programs, and other organizations to promote the health of individuals and communities. Among its many programs, HRA is nationally recognized for youth development and peer leadership training. In addition to providing youth with leadership training, it has developed training manuals to help other groups and organizations develop and sustain peer leadership training programs. TMF also provides training for youth workers, prevention specialists, community organizers, educators, and youth to prepare organizations to engage effectively in youth work.National Network for Youth: The National Network for Youth is a 30-year old national non-profit membership and advocacy organization that provides education, networking, training, materials and policy work with federal, state, and local lawmakers. The mission of the National Network for Youth is to champion the needs of runaway, homeless, and other disconnected youth through advocacy, innovation and services - one community at a time.
National Service-Learning Clearing House: The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC) website supports the service-learning efforts of schools, higher education institutions, communities, and tribal nations. This website offers thousands of online resources on a range of topics, including youth & adult partnership.
One-Stop Youth Participation Shop: This is a Canadian website dedicated to providing resources that promote youth participation. Find information about what "youth participation" is, examples of innovative youth projects, information about hiring & training youth, ideas for projects & events and much more.
Random Kids: Empowering kids to realize the infinite value of who they are right now and their unique power to make the world a better place because of it.
Search Institute: The Search Institute is a great reference site for information and education on youth and adult partnerships.
Strengths in Focus: Chris Trout provides resources & reflections about resiliency and strengths-focused work with youth and adults.
Youth Work Institute: Run by the University of Minnesota, the Youth Work Institute can help you find resources about what youth engagement is, the youth action crew model, Minnesota's Youth Engagement Network & more.
Youth Action Network: The Youth Action Network is a Canadian organization that is dedicated to helping youth become more informed and actively involved in order to move toward a just and sustainable society. On their website you can find information about the youth leadership events they organize, resources and toolkits, and more!
Youth Board Members: An in-depth legal point of view on youth serving on non-profit boards. This website also links to a lot of other legal resources on how and why to include youth on a non-profit board.
Youth Infusion: Youth Infusion is an organization created and run by young people which works to support youth as decision-makers, advocates, and community change-agents. They help the organizations and institutions that make decisions for youth start making decisions with youth. Youth Infusion offers a consulting service for organizations to help them meaningfully engage youth.
Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT): A team of Maine youth in care (in state custody), ages 14-21, engaged in the education of the government, general public, caregivers, and peers regarding the needs of children and young adults in the child welfare system. Advocating for positive changes in the child welfare system, YLAT members help develop, guide, and revise the Bureau of Child and Family Services policies in order to create safety, comfort, and opportunities for all kids in care.
Youth On Board: Prepares youth to be leaders and decision makers in their communities and strengthens relationships between youth and adults through publications, customized workshops, and technical assistance.
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