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Providing opportunities to learn healthy behaviors
Connecting youth with caring adults
Empowering youth to assume leadership roles in programs & communities
Challenging youth in ways that build their competence (NCSL, 2007)
WHO Europe Report on Empowerment & Health 2006
The most effective empowerment strategies are those that build on and reinforce authentic participation ensuring autonomy in decision-making, sense of community and local bonding, and psychological empowerment of the community members themselves.