Strategies for Investing in Relationships with Youth:
1. Limit your own voice and opinions so youth have a chance to speak up. Listen more than you speak.
2. Ask thought-provoking, open-ended questions. Provide positive feedback.
3. Validate thoughts and ideas for youth. Provide opportunities for youth to reflect on their experiences.
4. Create a welcoming environment where young people feel trusted, respected and empowered.
*Adapted from National Collaboration for Youth, Involves and Empowers Youth Training Module (20024). www.nydic.org