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Building Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships

At the core of Advocates for Youths’ (Advocates) mission and vision is centering young people and working alongside them to fight for sexual health, rights, and justice. To do this, Advocates uses a youth-adult partnership (YAP) framework to guide everything we do.

YAP Definition:
Youth-Adult Partnerships entail the:

  • Integration of young people’s lived experiences and expertise with adults’ experiences and expertise
  • Opportunity for each party to suggest and make decisions
  • Recognition and valuing of the contributions of adults and young people

In short, the YAP framework empowers young people and adults to work in full partnership envisioning, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and/or policies that impact young people.

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