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Youth Council Toolkit: Materials to help you form your own Youth Council

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Published Date
January, 2012

This toolkit provides organizations interested in convening youth councils with sample forms, agendas, materials and lessons learned. 

"Emerging evidence shows that youth engagement is an effective strategy for the prevention ofteen dating abuse (Robert Wood Johnson, Start Strong Project, 2013), and for those of usworking in the prevention field, this just makes sense. We know that young people aredisproportionately impacted by dating and sexual violence. They are in the best position toinform adult preventionists about the abuse that is impacting their lives, and about effectivestrategies for preventing it. We also know that young people bring the greatest credibility inleading teen dating violence prevention efforts with their peers. Those of us who have had theopportunity to convene youth councils know that working with youth as preventionists is someof the most fun, inspiring and productive work that we get to do."

"We compiled this toolkit to provide organizations interested in convening youth councils withsample forms, agendas, materials and advice about lessons that we've learned along the way inour experience working with youth. We hope that these materials will provide a helpful startingpoint, and that you'll be able to modify them to fit the needs and interests of the youth in yourcommunity."

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