While general consensus is that engaging youth is important, there are still misconceptions about what youth engagement means and a lack of training in effective youth engagement practices. Participatory Evaluation with Youth: Building Skills for Youth Community Action (CYA) provides a good example of a training program that prepares youth for community engagement, say these authors. This innovative training program combines youth-adult partnerships, social inquiry, and community action as a method for effective youth engagement. The program trains youth and their adult partners to plan and host community forums in order to identify a community need that can be addressed by an action project. In this article, the authors outline key elements of the training and present results from an evaluation of the program and its impacts. They also offer several strategies for successful program replication.


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