Youth Engagement

Engaging youth in meaningful ways in programs and policies for and about them is an integral foundation of a positive youth development approach, and a fundamental requirement for healthy youth development. Providing opportunities for youth to engage in and contribute to their communities gives them tools and support for developing develop positive self-identifies and social skills, and successfully making the transition to adulthood. Engaging youth is also essential for adults, providers and professionals serving them to understand the developmental perspectives needs of adolescents.

SAHRC PROVIDES TAILORED RESOURCES AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP STATE PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS EXPLORE WAYS TO ENGAGE ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND STATES.

State Level Youth Advisory Structures (March 2021)
This peer sharing and learning call for state adolescent health coordinators featured examples of state level youth advisory and feedback structures from Alaska, Colorado, Rhode Island and Kansas, reviewed where you can find related (and extensive) resources and examples for youth engagement in public health, and introduced a new Facebook page for supporting adults interested in youth engagement.

Virtual Youth Townhalls - SAHC Peer Learning & Sharing Call (Archive Aug 2020SAHRC hosted a peer learning and sharing call for State Adolescent Health Coordinators (SAHCs) on virtual youth townhalls showcasing examples from New Jersey and Massachusetts. 

Engage Young People In Your Needs Assessment (Fact Sheet) Ways, places and ideas for engaging youth and young adults in the Title V/MCH Needs Assessment.

Engaging Young Adults (Compilation) Ideas for strategies and places where public health can find and engage young adults.

Partnerships with Youth and Young Adults (Brief) Strategies Title V/MCH and other public health partners use to engage youth in meaningful ways, including lessons, tips, and state level examples. Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs with examples contributed by SAHRC.

Young Engagement by State Title V/MCH Programs (Compilations:

YouthCHAT: The Minnesota Model for Youth - Involved Adult Training (Guide) A step by step guide for adapting the University of Minnesota YouthCHAT model of involving youth as actors and teachers in training adult health care providers. Includes tools, worksheets, reading lists and extensive considerations for adapting the model to other states/settings.

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Partner Tools

Best Practices for Youth Engagement: A Resource for Title V/Maternal and Child Health Programs (TOOLKIT) 

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) toolkit featuring extensive promising and best practices for youth engagement, organized by topic area and strategy.

Best Practices for Youth Engagement: A Resource for Title V/Maternal and Child Health Programs (ONLINE MODULE) 

Online companion module to the AMCHP Toolkit highlighting an inventory of promising and best practices for youth engagement in Title V/MCH programs. Navigate to key areas of interest from within the online module.