Youth in Governance: How to Be a Decision-Maker in Your Community (PDF)
Guide from Tennessee 4-H designed for youth who want to be involved as a decision-maker on a local board or committee.
Youth in Governance: A Guide for Involving Youth as Decision-Makers on Boards and Committees (PDF)
Guide from Tennessee 4-H is a companion piece designed for adults who are ready to partner with youth in decision-making.
The Power of an Untapped Resource: Exploring Youth Representation on Your Board or Committee
Manual compiled by an Alaskan teen for any group that is interested in expanding representation, "growing their own" board members for tomorrow, and/or empowering the youth in their community. An increasing number of previously adult-only boards are soliciting youth involvement. This resource is designed to address the questions adult board members may be asking.
Making It Work: A Guide to Successful Youth-Adult Partnerships (PDF)
Publication from the Texas Network for Youth Services is geared toward helping youth and adults find success in partnering together in their communities. It includes sections on fundamentals of YAPs, forming and sustaining YAPs, and recognizing and working through barriers.
Local Governing Officials
Authentic Youth Civic Engagement: A Guide for Municipal Leaders
Published by the National League of Cities, offers municipal leaders a look at what makes youth engagement authentic, and the settings, structures, strategies, and supports leaders can put in place to make local government more welcoming and inclusive of youth.
Building Effective Youth Councils: A Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy Making
Guide offers policy makers a rationale, six keys to effective youth councils, and resources to assist with planning and implementing initiatives to involve young people.
Youth Voice: A Guide for Engaging Youth in Leadership and Decision-Making in Service-Learning Programs (PDF)
Guide addresses youth voice an element of service-learning that educators agree is important, yet struggle with implementing. The guide is intended to help practitioners to understand what youth voice is, why it is important, and apply models of youth voice that have been successfully implemented in service-learning.
Youth/Adult Partnerships Trainers & Facilitators
Building Community, A Tool Kit for Youth and Adults (PDF)
The tool kit outlines a process for youth and adults to explore community resources by creating united visions and translating them into plans. The process includes building readiness, visioning and planning, implementation, and change and sustainability components upon which to base any community change effort. The BC process has been tested widely with groups and organizations , including native, indigenous, and international communities. The tools are adaptable for rural, urban and suburban environments.
Youth-Adult Partnerships: A Training Manual (PDF)
The manual provides activities and resources for guiding youth and adults in your group or organization through a process of partnering for community change. The sections are organized to encourage trainers and facilitators to use their unique style to create sessions that meet the learning objectives of participants. Most of the training exercises can be used solo or grouped with other exercises.
15 Points: Successfully Involving Youth in Decision-Making
Resource makes the case for why youth participation is an opportunity for every organization, and walks groups through a step-by-step process for determining the right model for participation, helping adult decision-makers get ready for partnering with youth, and making sure groups have a solid plan in place for recruiting, orienting, and mentoring new youth members. Available for purchase from Youth on Board.
Steve Henness, MU Extension State Specialist
1110 S. College Ave., Columbia, Missouri 65211