Mission, Vision, Goal

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Mission

To empower all youth, regardless of their background, to become positive, productive, and active contributors in their communities.

Vision

Our hope is that youth receive information and necessary tools to eliminate negative behavior while enhancing positive social action, self-worth, and healthy self-esteem.

We aim to aid them in building positive effective principles and healthy community relationships while they successfully develop into mature, productive, and well-respected adults.

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Goal

We want to increase our efforts by 5% annually to make a lasting impact and to do this we need 100% parent/family engagement, enhanced operations through our Board of Directors, our community connections, and increasing youth volunteer hours within the community.  

HELP US MEET OUR GOAL OF INCREASING OUR EFFORTS 5% ANNUALLY:

Youth Engagement

(ACTforyouth.net)

Youth engagement is a central principle of youth development. According to the ecological perspective of human development, young people are agents of their own development. Youth are more than passive recipients of external influences; instead they are actively involved in shaping their development by interacting with the people and opportunities made available within their environments.

 

Through youth engagement, communities can do a better job of creating theservices, opportunities, and supports that young people need to develop in healthy ways. Youth engagement offers community leaders the expertise and partnership of young people, helping adults fully understand what it is like to grow up in a rapidly changing world. From a political point of view, youth engagement is important because young people deserve the right to represent their own interests. Youth civic engagement is also critically important to prepare young people to be active citizens in a democracy.

 

Youth engagement is a win-win proposition.

  • Young people benefit by gaining skills, knowledge, self-esteem, and connectedness.

  • Adults benefit by enhancing their own competencies, learning to better understand and value youth, and increasing their commitment and energy to their organizations.

  • Organizations benefit by improving their programs, gaining community recognition, and attracting funders.

  • Communities benefit by improving quality of life, coordinating youth services, and authentically embracing diversity by representing young people.