engaged throughout their lives. Organizations that want to engage young people
shouldn’t treat them at blank slates; instead, they should acknowledge that
they live complex lives that are full of different opportunities to become
engaged. When adults ask youth and young adults to become engaged in something
they are asking them to disengage from something else.
reflection of what adults value most. Because of this, it is easy to assume
that young people have different values than adults. However, for many young
people that isn’t the case. Instead, they simply don’t know that there are
other things they can be engaging in that are more valuable for them than what
they’re currently engaged in.
throughout their lives include their homes, schools,
sports, and work. The following chart shows some of the different places youth
and young adults can become engaged. What are the percentages of time young
people in your community spend in each area?