engagED: Key Findings & Recommendations
Many young people from socio-economically disadvantaged communities are civically engaged;
These young people gain many benefits from being civically engaged;
There are, however, many barriers to being civically engaged;
Our research shows that it is imperative that all young people have the opportunity to be civically engaged.
Recommendations: Five fundamentals of good practice
Our findings led us to propose five fundamentals of good practice for those working with young people from socially disadvantaged communities.
Thinking Differently: Think and probably act differently in order to challenge mis-conceptions about young people’s lives, experiences and starting points.
Listening Harder: Ensure we listen more carefully to everyone and that the results of listening are reflected in our practice.
Broadening Opportunities: Recognise all forms of civic action including those that take place in the family, community, school and cyberspace.
Making it Possible: Help young people to help themselves succeed in civic action that matters to them.
Rewarding Experiences: Support young people to reflect on and recognize the benefits of their civic engagement and ensure that their contributions are recognized by others.