Asset No. 8 of 40 | Youth as Resources

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Youth as Resources | Young people are given roles in the community.


  • Solicit young people’s input in all decisions that affect them.  If you’re on a decision-making board, invite young people to be members–and then really listen to what they have to say.
  • If you’re in charge of a fundraising or charity event, involve your children or students.  They will learn by watching you in action, but they will learn even more if they’re given a meaningful task to complete.
  • Encourage kids to mentor their peers.  Teach them how they can help other youth by listening to them and helping them work through their problems.

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