Source: (2005) American Humane FGDM Issues in Brief

Youth contribution and participation can be central to a successful FGC. Studies, such as one in Calgary (Sieppert & Yvonne, 2003), emphasize that children should not be overlooked as capable of offering knowledge, leadership, or power. Unfortunately, though, they are overlooked all too often. Studies of youth participation in FGCs have revealed the importance of additional steps that should be taken into consideration by facilitators (Heino, 2003). Involving youth in their FGC requires focused attention, from pre-planning to follow-up, to ensure that the strengths, assets, and perspectives of the youth are integrated. This article shares youth comments, based on their experience as conference participants, and offers recommendations for facilitators to maximize youth participation. (excerpt)

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