Focal Point Fall 2000
"Roles for Youth in Systems of Care" (2000), v.14(2)
Young people are assuming more, and more empowered roles in systems of care. They participate actively in planning for their own services and treatment, setting policy, and evaluating programs. This issue includes a discussion of resources that have been developed to help in the process of developing youth-adult partnership in these areas.
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Introduction: Roles for Youth in Systems of Care
Walker, J. S., Pullmann, M., Schutte, K., Fleming, D., Schmit, D., Elizabeth, R., Caplan, E. & Cook, J.
Young people are assuming more, and more empowered roles in systems of care. They participate actively in planning for their own services and treatment, setting policy, and evaluating programs. The article includes a discussion of resources that have been developed to help in the process of developing youth-adult partnership in these areas.
Being Our Own Advocates: Youth and Young Adults as Partners in Planning, Evaluation and Policy Making
This article summarizes Being Our Own Advocates, a discussion by a panel of youth actively involved in planning, evaluation, and policy making in systems of care at the local, state, and national level.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
This article focus on the history of the idea that children and youth should be recognized as active stakeholders in the design and delivery of human services. Janusz Korczak was an early proponent of child rights and youth empowerment, and the article describes his life and work.
Valuing the Voice of Our Young People
This article provides some specific suggestions for strategies that can be used in systems of care when adults want to "walk the walk" instead of simply "talking the talk" about promoting youth empowerment.
Youth Development: Putting Theory into Practice
This article describes the shift in thinking from a deficit approach to a youth development approach–that is altering policy and practice in programs for youth. The authors provide specific examples of how the youth development approach can be put into practice at the service provision level, the organizational level and the policy and funding level.
What One "Yooper" has Learned About Youth Involvement
This essay describes what one service provider has learned through her efforts to empower the young people she works with.
Bringing Youth to the Table in Systems of Care
This article summarizes some specific strategies that have been taken around the nature to involve youth in the design, delivery, and evaluation of services and supports provided in systems of care.
Listening to Voices
A family therapist describes techniques for partnering with youth to empower them in treatment.
Lessons in Strengths–Based Youth Involvement: Minding the Mays, the Dos and the Possibles
This article describes how youth development and a strengths–based perspective have been put into practice in a therapeutic foster care program.
Youth Millenium 2000: Leadership in Progress
Davis, J., Smith, C. & McCants, R.
This article describes Youth Millennium 2000, a program developed to increase youth leadership, resiliency, and socially adaptive behaviors in the home, school, and community environments.
Youth are the Future of America
Drake, I.N., Ling, S., Fitch, E. & Hughes, D.M.
This article provides guidance on how to promote youth/adult partnerships for health youth development. Tips are provided for establishing such partnerships.
The Experience of Youth in Focus
This article describes an innovative program to encourage youth development through youth–led research, evaluation, and planning of youth–serving programs and policies.
Self Expressions: Art & Poetry by Youth