Objective: Inform Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and other community leaders the benefits of engaging youth in the community to improve the overall quality of those communities transforming them into active stakeholders of their community.
Description: Efforts to engage youth involve elevating their voices and ensuring meaningful opportunities to contribute to resolving issues and promoting positive change in their neighborhoods and communities. There is a need to improve the quality of partnerships with youth, to provide more concrete platforms for youth participation and to support existing local youth networks and initiatives.
Youth can support CDCs with improving neighborhoods in terms of ideas, enthusiasm, and energy. Although CDCs do great work in their respective areas, one aspect of community building that is often absent is the voice and inclusion of youth. The power of youth-oriented organizing can have a positive impact on empowering the youth voice by showing them how they can take action to bring about change in their community. This means that the youth must be a part of the planning, executing, and governance/leadership aspects of CDCs.
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RSVP: Brian Hurd, Rise Technical Assistance Program Manager
(314) 333-7012 or via email at [email protected]