Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) is centered on the comprehensive YES! Youth Empowerment Model (© 2011 Youth Empowered Solutions). The Model is a three-pronged approach that effectively engages young people in work that challenges them to develop skills, gain critical awareness, and participate in opportunities that are necessary for creating community change.
The process of strengthening the skills of youth so that they know how to effectively make decisions, positively interact with their peers, and act as community advocates.
The process of providing youth with the information and resources necessary for analyzing issues that affect their lives and environments as well as strategize on ways to act as change agents in their communities.
The process of providing youth with platforms for decision-making and encouraging their active participation in creating community change.
Youth Empowerment: The Theory and Its Implementation
At YES! we know that empowered youth, working in partnership with adults, have great power to create lasting, positive change in their communities. Written and researched by YES! staff Jeanne Dairaghi, Bronwyn Lucas and Parrish Ravelli, and consultant Meredith Ledford, this paper was developed to address a need for evidence-based research on youth empowerment, and to show how the theory of youth empowerment can be translated into practice.