Building the Field of Ethical, Authentic, and Youth-Led Advocacy: Key Components of a Youth-Led Advocacy Program.
Juvenile Law Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
iv, 35 p.
Published: July 6, 2021
Juvenile Law Center (JLC)
1800 JFK Blvd. Suite #1900B
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: (215) 625-0551 (800) 875-8887
Fax: (215) 625-2808
This report explains the importance of youth-led advocacy in creating knowledgeable, progressive reform policies, and describes key components for developing youth-driven programming that incorporates youth experience and expertise in systemic reform at the local, State, and national levels. The report begins with an overview of the Youth Advocacy Program at the Juvenile Law Center, the power of youth voice, the development of the components through on-going feedback and direction from youth advocates. Key components are then described include: support and retention strategies based on adolescent development, trauma informed practice, and equitable program management; sufficient staffing by highly trained individuals with a social work or human services background; building organizational support for the program and ensuring an office-wide commitment; youth empowerment to advocate in their own lives and cases; practicing strategic sharing of personal experiences; youth development through skill-building; holistic approach to issue selection and campaign development; field and community partnerships and collaboration to support program growth; and growing your program through honest assessment. 20 references.
ADVOCACY; CHILD ADVOCACY; SERVICE COORDINATION; FAMILY ADVOCACY; ADOLESCENTS; YOUTH SERVICES; YOUTH ENGAGEMENT; LIVED EXPERIENCE; PROMISING PRACTICES; PROFESSIONALS ROLE; PROGRAMS