PARENT AND YOUTH ENGAGEMENT
The Endowment for Health and the New Hampshire Office of Student Wellness, within the New Hampshire Department of Education, partnered to support a project to assist New Hampshire stakeholders to expand and improve parent and youth engagement in community and state activities that promote the social-emotional development and behavioral health of New Hampshire’s children. Cliff Davis, Human Service Collaborative, conducted the research and is the author of the following reports.
Best Practices in Parent Engagement and Leadership Development is the first of four products in this project, which has also produced “Best Practices in Youth Engagement and Leadership Development”; “A 2016 Environmental Scan of Parent/Family and Youth/Young Adult Engagement Practices in NH”; and “Gap Analysis of New Hampshire Family and Youth Engagement Practices.
Best Practices in Youth Engagement and Leadership Development offers an explication of the youth engagement philosophy and presents strategies to achieve youth engagement that reflect a current understanding of best practices. This report is a companion to “A Study of Best Practices in Parent Engagement and Leadership Development” prepared for the New Hampshire Department of Education and the Endowment for Health. The report begins with discussions of resilience and positive youth development to set the foundation for understanding best practices in youth engagement, followed by a presentation of best practices.
2016 Environmental Scan of Parent/Family and Youth/Young Adult Engagement Practices in NH presents information about current New Hampshire practices related to parent and youth engagement and leadership development.
Gap Analysis of New Hampshire Family and Youth Engagement Practices provides a brief set of recommendations for moving forward. The Gap Analysis was conducted by comparing types of Best Practices described in the initial products produced by the project to the types of practices identified through multiple information-seeking actions about current NH practices.