Resource: Authentic Engagement of Youth and Young Adults in System Change – Lessons Learned

The resource contains a series of lessons learned that highlight the fundamental insights and knowledge gained about child and youth engagement, with special attention to permanency decisions. The lessons include:  

  • Authentic engagement of children and youth must be reimagined and clearly defined 

  • Leaders set the tone for building relationships that drive authentic engagement of children and youth. 

  • Commitment, self-awareness and flexibility are the core, professional characteristics that are highly required. 

  • Identified competencies are essential to relationship building and partnering with children and youth.  

  • Lived expertise from youth and young adults are key for transformation efforts and thoughtful considerations are needed for engaging youth. 

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