Social change targeted at empowering youth requires
youth and adults to work together as equals. Youth-adult partnerships create a
platform to amplify youth voices. To succeed, youth-adult partnerships must be
built on open communication and equal voice.
Using a case study, this paper shares six broadly applicable lessons learned through the Engaging Youth, Serving
Community (ESYC) program. Based on evaluation and understanding of the EYSC
experience, it highlights examples of how youth-adult partnerships can promote
social change and civic engagement.