Youth can play many roles in co-creating a better tech future. Here are ways to engage youth as advisors, content creators, and researchers.
Youth are powerful advisors and collaborators. However, when problems arise, adults tend to brainstorm, create, and implement solutions and innovations before engaging young people. Instead, consider creating an ongoing youth advisory council that will shape and evaluate new work.
This resource includes a process and activities for educators to support teens in co-designing their own digital well-being toolkit. Learn how to guide teens through sharing strategies for tech challenges and identifying and building a prototype of their own (e.g., infographic, collection of memes, 1-pager with strategies).Download Toolkit
The inspirED School Climate Playbook a one-stop shop for all the resources you need to complete a school climate improvement project at your school. Start a youth advisory council for students to participate in the project and positively influence their school.Download Playbook
Youth hold insights into what is working (and not working) within the digital world. They have the capacity to share in a more genuine way when not filtered through an adult lens. By giving youth control over the content, style, and dissemination of their creations, you can foster liberatory imagination and give youth the tools and space to create a future where technology creates opportunities for everyone.
The Student Podcast Curriculum Guide breaks down the podcasting processes through a series of sample lesson plans to ensure that students have the skills and background knowledge to share their voices.Download Curriculum
Youth feel included when they get the opportunity to discuss and learn more about topics that matter to them e.g., the impact of digital spaces. Let youth lead research efforts to unpack data, evaluate programs, and shape more relevant metrics to make the value of youth voice and insight more explicit in your work.
Learn how the Beam Center implemented the YPAR method in order to engage youth as researchers.Download Guide
This external resource hub from UC Berkeley shares background on the Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) model as well as activities for getting started. This resource was not created as part of the Thriving Youth project but provides supplemental knowledge.Learn More
Emily Weinstein of Harvard's Project Zero shares why listening to young people and actively engaging in conversations can be powerful.