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Empower Youth to Strengthen and Leverage their Social Capital

Empower is the fourth domain of the Social Capital Framework. It focuses on empowering youth to leverage their web of support as they pursue their life goals.

Empower Youth Agency

Young people are active agents in their own growth and development. It is important to support youth in a way that empowers them to take steps to strengthen their own skills and use their talents and assets towards their goals.

Youth-serving organizations and staff can work with youth by supporting their relational skills, helping them build confidence and self-efficacy for pursuing life goals, and fostering a commitment to paying-it-forward.

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Key Principles to Empower

Youth have skills to build meaningful relationships.
Strong relationship-building and networking skills are key to building strong developmental relationships and expanding one’s network over time. These skills take practice and may not come naturally to everyone. Youth-serving organizations and staff can support young people by giving them a safe environment and opportunities to practice these skills.

Youth believe in their own strengths and have confidence to pursue goals.
When youth believe in their own abilities and have confidence in their capacity to overcome challenges and reach their goals, they are more likely to take initiative, set and achieve meaningful goals, and develop into resilient individuals.

Youth are inspired to help others.
Encouraging a commitment to paying-it-forward instills a sense of social responsibility and community engagement. When youth are inspired to give back and help others, it not only benefits the recipients but also fosters empathy, compassion, and a greater understanding of the world around them. This commitment empowers youth to be active agents of positive change, contributing to their personal development while also making a meaningful impact on their community.

Success Story from the Field

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