Elevating Youth Worker Voice Toolkit
Early formal work experience provides long-lasting benefits for young adults, from higher wages to less time spent unemployed over their lifetimes. Young people need support and structure to empower them as they embark on their careers. This Urban Institute toolkit was developed with input from an array of organizations serving young people who are uniquely positioned to be allies to youth worker voice, including youth development groups, nonprofits specializing in job training and placement, social enterprises that directly employ and place young workers, as well as workforce organizations that partner with training programs. The toolkit was designed to guide youth-serving organizations on how to listen to and support youth voice within their own organizations, build youth skills to advocate for themselves at work, encourage employer partners to make space for youth voice, and elevate youth worker voice in community and policy conversations.