What is it?
The participatory nature of YouthChange fosters positive relationships built on children and young people being valued for their opinions and contributions. Children and young people feel respected and valued through their participation which increases their self-worth and connection to their peers. YouthChange also promotes inter-generational relationships where professionals and civic leaders see children and young people’s experiences and opinions as legitimate.
We know that children and young people have an increased sense of social and emotional wellbeing when they participate in systems and decisions that affect their lives. Children and young people feel a sense of social inclusion when they are recognised by others as social actors with rights and the capacity for responsibilities. It also gives them a sense of social responsibility to the wider community.
We must engage children and young people, and provide opportunities to build a society based on increased honesty, integrity, transparency and equality. This will strengthen our democratic institutions and structures and protections that underpin the fabric of civil society, and promote economic and social justice.