Defining Youth Engagement
Youth Engagement is a process where all young people including troubled and prepared are provided structured opportunities to use their time, intelligence, talents, skills and abilities for making a significant contribution in their lives and the lives of other.
Key Words of the Definition
All: It means that every young person regardless of sex, color and creed should be given an organized opportunity to play a constructive role in his/her personal and societal development.
Troubled: It means that every young person regardless of his/her deficiencies and disturbances should be treated as a pure potential and a resource.
Prepared: It means that academic skills are not enough for young people. There are many young people who are educated and skilled. They are waiting for an opportunity to do something but they are not acting and leading.
Structured Opportunities: It means building a youth engagement system at all levels of the society for the meaningful and sustained involvement of young people.