About the Toolkit

Why do we need a Youth Voice Best Practices Toolkit?

We know that centering Youth Voice fosters environments where youth are better able to learn and thrive. When adults hear young people out, we can provide more effective support, build stronger relationships, and grow together. Youth Voice benefits everyone.

Right now, adults in this region aren’t listening to what young people are telling them, which creates lopsided power dynamics and unjust and inequitable outcomes for youth. But with the right resources, examples, and guidance, we believe that this can change.

When adults and youth work together in ways that are engaging, honest, and co-governed, they are better enabled to collectively combat unjust learning environments, change dominant narratives, and lead in their learning and their lives.

Project Partners

1Hood Media
5A Elite Youth Empowerment
A+ Schools
Carlow University – Social Justice Institutes
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab
Heinz History Center
The Heinz Endowments
Pittsburgh Public Schools
Remake Learning
SLB Radio
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
YMCA Lighthouse
Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

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