Environments that foster empowerment lead to youth leadership development. Linking the concepts of empowerment and youth-adult partnerships, this article provides a context for youth professionals to reflect on their work. Empowerment is defined, its antecedents are identified, and a model of empowering practices for the context of youth-adult partnerships is posited. Five key practices that youth practitioners can implement to create an environment that fosters empowerment are presented, along with examples of empowering practices as a tool for reflecting on our practices.
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Anderson, K. S., & Sandmann, L. (2009). Toward a Model of Empowering Practices in Youth-Adult Partnerships. The Journal of Extension, 47(2), Article 5. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss2/5