EYAB EMPOWERMENT MODEL

HEY’s Empowerment Advocacy Model was developed to promote and support non-traditional youth leaders.  HEY defines non-traditional leaders as youth who did not have exposure to a leadership position during early adolescence.  While they may have participated in some leadership activities, they never acted in a defined leadership role. HEY was inspired to develop this model to support our youth team comprised of current and former foster youth who were interested in lending their voice to create change.  HEY found that while these youth had experienced plenty of life experiences, many did not have opportunities to participate in traditional youth leadership activities growing up.  The effects of their lack of exposure to leadership positions made them less willing to step into traditional leadership roles.  This model supports young people’s growth over time by training, empowering and supporting them to become advocates and leaders.  While this model is focused on developing youth through youth boards, the theories, models and activities described can be used to support all youth.

How Does it Work?

Works by using three core components of positive youth development. Each component was developed to work simultaneously to ensure that youth receive multiple layers of support. Each component introduces practices and strategies that will assist to develop an environment and culture that is supportive of the youth empowerment process. The youth empowerment process is facilitated through the development and support of youth boards. Youth boards provide the natural structure to supply youth with opportunities to develop the skills and abilities that will support their transition into leadership and healthy adulthood. 

Youth Worker Development

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Youth Empowerment

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Youth Advocacy

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POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

 

Youth Worker Development

The youth worker component functions by educating agencies about the importance of having trained and knowledgeable staff that supervise and support youth.  This component was developed to enhance the skills of youth workers/staff by introducing them to theories, best practices and strategies that will assist them to support and empower youth. 

Youth Empowerment

The empowerment component functions by assisting agencies to create a culture that provides opportunities for youth to strategically develop skills that will assist them to transition into agency leadership.  This component was developed to provide strategic opportunities for youth to gradually take on leadership in a safe and supportive environment.

Youth Advocacy

The advocacy component functions by assisting agencies to develop systems that ensure “genuine youth voice” is integrated and supported within the agency.  This component was developed to strategically incorporate youth into decision making bodies by providing opportunities for them to shape policies, programs and services.


Honoring Emancipated Youth
at United Way of the Bay Area

221 Main Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Office: 415-808-4284

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