YPAR puts the power in the hands of youth. Some adults don’t believe that youth have the capability to have this power. This section explains adultism, a type of discrimination against young people. These lessons will empower youth to understand their own value and the roots of adultism and will give suggestions on how to foster positive youth-adult partnerships.

Youth as Leaders & Resources

Objectives

  • To examine a “youth as resource” perspective
  • To think about youth and adult relationships in organizations and communities

Continuum of Youth Participation & Engagement

Objectives

  • To use the continuum of youth participation to have the group assess where they are
  • To have the group identify where they want to go in the continuum of youth participation
  • To have the group plan how they will reach their goals for youth participation

Youth-Adult Power Sharing

Objectives

  • To develop a working model of the youth and adult relationships for your program or project
  • To increase awareness of power and who makes decisions

Data and Adultism in Decision-Making

Objectives

  • To identify knowledge (and knowledge gaps) about a given school system
  • To understand how one’s school system works
  • To determine who has power in decision-making processes

Flashback to Adult Partners' Younger Years

Objectives

  • To describe participants’ experiences as young people
  • To identify commonalities between youth and adults
  • To name positive characteristics of community involvement for youth and adults