The story might go like this: there was a once a young person, a youth, who belonged to a church, went to school, and played a neighborhood sport. Once a month this youth went to the town hall for youth council, and they participated in a youth leadership development program sponsored by the local Urban League.
This youth wasn’t particularly successful in school, despite trying – but teachers lent a hand, and their foster parents were supportive. Friends laid on both sides of the engagement spectrum, and there were distractions and obstacles to academic and social acheivement everyday.
One day this youth learns about youth voice, and after researching on the Internet on their own they learn about youth rights and civic engagement, too.
Where should this youth begin in their advocacy? What should they do or say and to whom should they do or say those things?
I have found more than one scenario in the work I’ve done, and will share the responses I’ve seen later. First I want to know what you think.