This summer (2020), the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) hosted its first-ever youth-only discussion groups. During these virtual conversations with systems-involved youth, staff learned about the experiences of young people, how their educational/workforce goals were impacted by COVID-19 and gained valuable insight regarding how adults could better support their needs. Below please find key-takeaways from our conversations with young people this summer.
Building upon these conversations, AYPF is proud to host Breaking Through Barriers: Elevating the Voices of Young People, an event highlighting the talents and stories of systems-involved youth. Through a youth-centered lens, attendees will enjoy performances from young artists, a special guest appearance and meaningful conversations regarding the experiences of foster youth and justice-involved youth related to educational and workforce outcomes. This event is tailored for young leaders and adults with a keen interest in learning more about the aforementioned youth populations and will serve as a space to celebrate the strengths and amplify the voices of our most vulnerable young people.