Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Key to Youth Empowerment

Jennings, Parra-Medina, Messias & McLoughlin (2006) identified the following as key to youth empowerment:

  • a welcoming, safe environment;
  • meaningful participation and engagement;
  • equitable power-sharing between youth and adults;
  • engagement in critical reflection on interpersonal and sociopolitical processes;
  • participation in sociopolitical processes to affect change; and
  • integration of individual and community level empowerment.