Youth and Family Engagement

A Primer on Creating Effective Youth Panels

Three times in the past year and a half, the staff of the Forum for Youth Investment has had the opportunity to organize and facilitate panel presentations in which young people bring their voices to bear on the struggle of school reform.

Publishing Date: 
November 1, 2000

Thaddeus Ferber & Nicole Yohalem Interviewed by Y-Press

Reporters from Y-Press, a youth-driven organization that gives children a voice in the world through journalism by offering them the chance to produce stories from a youth perspective, interviewed Thaddeus Ferber and Nicole Yohalem on the importance of youth activism. The article, "Activism: Education," discussed the importance of a youth voice in lobbying for education reform.

Publishing Date: 
September 18, 2009

Washington: Legislative Youth Advisory Council

This youth council was formed to examine issues of importance to youth, such as: education, employment, strategies to increase youth participation in government, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, emotional and physical health, foster care, poverty, homelessness, and youth access to services.

Publishing Date: 
June 15, 2004

Vermont: Youth Advisory Council

The VTSP Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is made up of one peer elected member from each VTLSP School. The council meets three times per year and each member must commit to two major safety projects in the school year. Sponsored by the Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program.

Publishing Date: 
June 15, 2004

San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Youth Commission

The San Francisco Youth Commission is a diverse group of 17 young people between the ages of 12 and 23. The youth come from all across the city to serve as the official youth voice at City Hall.

Publishing Date: 
June 15, 2004

North Carolina: State Youth Council

The State Youth Council is comprised of teenagers from local youth councils across North Carolina. SYC provides opportunities for young people to be involved in local projects, participate in government, develop leadership skills, and represent youth in civic activities.  Click here to learn more.

Publishing Date: 
June 15, 2004

New Hampshire: New Hampshire Youth Advisory Council

A legislative youth advisory council is established to examine issues of importance to youth, such as education, employment, strategies to increase youth participation in local and state government, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, emotional and physical health, foster care, poverty, homelessness, and youth access to state and local services.

Publishing Date: 
June 15, 2004