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Ethics in Youth-Powered Program Design

What is it?

A consensus statement that affirms our commitment to respect and justice—and to do no harm to the young people we work with and for.

How did we use it?

“Meaningful adolescent and youth engagement is an inclusive, intentional, mutually-respectful partnership between adolescents, youth, and adults whereby power is shared, respective contributions are valued, and young people’s ideas, perspectives, skills, and strengths are integrated into the design and delivery of programs, strategies, policies, funding mechanisms, and organizations that affect their lives and their communities, countries, and world.”
—Global Consensus Statement on Meaningful Youth Engagement

Written for the AYSRH community, we put forth 20 principals to honor and uphold when conducting human-centered design with adolescents and youth, at every stage of the design process. We’re committed to holding ourselves—and our sector—accountable to the adolescents and youth that take part in our programs.

Consider using it to:

Guide your team’s continuous and transparent improvement, and provoke deep thinking and discussion when engaging in this complex and nuanced work.

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