Valuing Black Youth through Structured Engagement
Valuing Our Black Youth (VBY) is one component of a larger strategic priority to strengthen family and community values about youth behaviors.
It is a community engagement initiative that uses a process called Structured Engagement (SE) to:
- Restart “two-way” dialogue about the plight of African American Youth in Mississippi in which youth have the voice and autonomy to determine what they want and need.
- Help youth structure their engagement with caring adults and tell their own story.
- Promote healthy relationship-building between youths and adults. Encourage healthy lifestyles among youth.
- Generate data to support community-based programming for youth.
Structured Engagement employs honest and open communication, collaboration and coordination of effort to help participants engage issues, problems, situations, etc. on specific topics; and it uses a set of principles that teaches them how to interrogate, construct and organize their concerns by mutual consent.