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Want to Know what Engages Young People? Ask them! January, 2014

I often talk with adults who tell me they are concerned about youth engagement. They want to know how to define youth engagement, how to measure it. And ultimately how to do it better.

One of the things I always ask the adults, is: Have you asked the young

people themselves what they like to do? How they want to spend their time? What they want to learn about or explore? And you might be surprised how many time the answer is actually “No.”

Edutopia ( has compiled a great list of 10 ways to engage young people, and the list comes directly from young people!

When is the last time you asked young people how they like to be engaged? What were some of their responses?

Post a comment. Send me an email. I’d love to know!

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