RESPECT has been used in the following ways…
of projects involve ACTIVITIES for ADULT SUPPORTERS
of projects involve DESIGNING COMMUNITY / YOUTH INITIATIVES
of projects involve ACTIVITIES for YOUTH
of projects involve ASSESSMENTS / GOAL SETTING
Our Theory of ChangeLearning how to involve youth meaningfully in organizations, communities, government bodies, and other institutions acts as a leverage point for broader changes in society.
“The RESPECT model is an exciting example of setting the stage for very meaningful engagement. The process creates a very comfortable atmosphere that serves as a catalyst for open discussion and team building while also generating thought provoking and in depth conversation. Municipalities that follow this model will be leaders in advancing youth engagement.”Mayor Nancy Dicks, Town of New Glasgow, NS
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What is RESPECT?
RESPECT is an evidence-informed, best practice model for youth engagement. In providing tools to include youth in just about any initiative, RespectYouth.com can help your organization become more youth-friendly and move forward on a path to sustained, meaningful youth inclusion.
RESPECT has developed from and will continue to evolve through practice-based evidence. RespectYouth.com is a repository of best practices of youth engagement initiatives, such as Youth Truth Matters, which have years of experience in the field. The seven principles of RESPECT are aligned with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse’s Components for Ethical Youth Engagement. Learn more about how RESPECT came to be.
Creating programming with youth for youth increases the likelihood of achieving your goals for youth health, retention, and leadership development. Youth inclusion fosters resilience and the wellbeing of youth and society, reducing the demand on public services.
Our survey shows:
Areas of Strength in Youth Initiatives:
- Community Matters 75%
- Support & Guidance from Adults 58%
- Participation is Meaningful 58%
Most Frequent Challenges in Youth Initiatives:
- Real Empowerment 75%
- Establish Goals 67%
- Environment is Youth Friendly 58%
- Together We Learn 58%
Learn where your strengths and challenges are by taking the RESPECT Survey.
Each RESPECT Principle has a dedicated page with descriptions, videos, examples and resources. Learn more by clicking below.