Here is a collection of resources we feel can help you strengthen your youth-adult partnerships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.