Working in partnership with youth requires reflection and self-awareness on the part of adults.
We encourage you to consider what it means to scaffold youth-led social change before you begin working with youth.
But such partnernships aren’t easy to create and maintain, in large part because adults find it difficult to let go of the need to protect youth, control situations, and determine the course of events. Youth, in response, struggle to trust that adults can actually be in authentic relationship and share power with them.
Shifting power from adult-driven to youth-led means unpacking and addressing adultism:
Acting as if an adult has more strength, wisdom, and knowledge than a young person or perpetuating the philosophy that young people are not yet capable of making important decisions or having a voice, and therefore adults can make decisions for youth without their consent.