Youth Voice Toolbox
By Adam Fletcher
The Freechild Project has found that young people and
adults can work together to create powerful, sustainable social change
through Youth-Adult Partnerships. A Youth-Adult Partnership is
an intentional relationship between
young people and adults that relies on adults acknowledging and
empowering the ability, perspectives, ideas, and knowledge of young
people throughout the relationship.
Point to Ponder
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In
small places, close to home—so close and so small they cannot be seen
on any maps of the world. Yet they are
the world of the individual
person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he
attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the
places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal
opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights
have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without
concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look
in vain for progress in the larger world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, from a
speech to the United Nations, 1958
The following are websites, organizations and
publications that have been identified by youth researchers at
Freechild to encourage young people and adults to go further in
their relationships by establishing authentic partnerships for
social change. For more information about Youth-Adult Partnerships,
read our Tip Sheet.
YouthNet: Youth-Adult Partnerships
- This webpage from Family Health International includes details
about YAPs at the organization, including what they look like,
do, and achieve.
- Building Partnerships for Youth is a website offered by
Arizona's 4-H program. This page offers a variety of information
Transitions - Building Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships
Peer Education, Youth Development, and Youth-Adult Partnerships
- Advocates for Youth offers an array of information and
- A national day of service intended
to provide young people and adults with an opportunity to work
in partnership for a better world. A powerful tool packed with
activities, publications, statistics and more!
Texas Network of Youth Services - Youth-Adult Partnerships
- Includes definitions, tools, and more.
Freechild Youth Involvement Resource Center
Youth-Adult Partnerships Tip Sheet
- A basic information guide to creating and sustaining young
people & adults working together.
What are Youth-Adult Partnerships?
- A summary that includes a comprehensive
Community Youth Development - A Description
Working Shoulder to Shoulder: Stories and Strategies of
Youth-Adult Partnerships That Succeed
Hart's Ladder of
- The classic measurement tool adapted by youth-serving
organizations to analyze the form and potential of youth-adult
- Provides an interesting continuum to measure the relationship
between young people and adults by echoing Hart's Ladder.