The values statements below outline our dedication to creating a world in which every member of society has a voice that is valued and honored – especially the voice of youth. Created by a team of YES! staff (youth and adults) and board members, these values highlight the beliefs that guide us in our work at Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!).
- We believe in a world where the voices of youth are as valued and respected as the voices of adults.
- We believe that youth-adult partnerships are an important element in ensuring that those impacted by decisions are engaged in the decision-making process.
- We believe that youth empowerment that effectively changes communities requires intentional commitment, active support and adequate resources.
- We believe that skill development, critical awareness and opportunities will support youth on their journey to being empowered allies for organizations and systems promoting equity.
- We believe that healthy and sustainable community solutions are best achieved by including and honoring the voices of youth.