Youth Voices

Adults can’t do it alone. Youth also play an important role in strengthening programs and improving youth outcomes. We created Youth Engaged 4 Change for teens and young adults who make change happen every day. Visit the site and share it with young change makers you know.

Below, young people share their experiences and perspectives on what makes a difference for youth engaged in change. Learn from their stories. While you are at it, take a minute to nominate young change makers in your community!

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"Change starts with one person and can grow really fast" - Tristan

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Youth Voice: Kayanna
"I was very eager to meet and converse with my peers as well as key leadership throughout the country. I think that it is very important to give folks that may not normally interact the opportunity to do so."
"The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention is an epitome of what cities should be implementing to reach the needs of their own cities -- since not every city requires the same things."
"My advice is to get involved with Year Up or a program like it."
"I hope more youth will take a close look at their communities and see what problems are bothering them and then fix them."
“The key is to be positive and do positive things ... It’s hard at the beginning, but if you have people trying to help you and show you tools … then it’s worth a try and you won’t regret it.”
“Don’t give up to the streets. Don’t give up to drugs. Go to school and do good and everything else will come to you. Take advantage of all the opportunities given to you.”
"I understand how substance abuse can change a person and change really who they are… There are always people that you can talk to and there are always people that can help you."
"It is foolish to believe that success can be achieved alone."
“If you know your passion and follow your dreams, you will make a positive difference in the world.”
“Change starts with one person and can grow really fast.”
“There’s nothing special about me; if I can do it, anyone can. I encourage any young person struggling with addiction to not be afraid to ask for help.”
“We enjoy hearing about their life experiences. It’s a rewarding experience for both us and our older adult partners.”
“It’s important to come to the table with an open mind and valuing the other partner. Be flexible and actively seek win-win solutions, and allow yourself to be taught.”
“We want to inspire kids from the community to help and let everyone know they can be involved.”