A Tool for Youth Engagement and Empowerment

Learn about the range of practices comprising the continuum of youth engagement to youth empowerment.

Publication year: 2023
Division X Technical Assistance


Discover resources, checklists, and strategies for youth engagement and empowerment along a youth and young adult involvement continuum, beginning with case-level engagement and ending with participation in systems-level decision-making and advocacy. This publication also offers resources to help youth and young adults better understand the different aspects of youth engagement and empowerment to advocate for themselves and their goals more effectively within the child welfare system. 

The strategies offered throughout this resource are informed by lived experience experts. The input of lived experience and expertise has been augmented by examples, research, and other information.

Suggested Citation

Division X Technical Assistance & Capacity Building Center for States. (2023). A tool for youth engagement and youth empowerment. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit Division X Technical Assistance and the Capacity Building Center for States.

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