Why Should Youth Voice Be Heard?

By:  Danny Little, Clermont FAST TRAC Youth Engagement Specialist

Youth Voice is about the “perspectives, ideas, experiences, knowledge, and actions of young people” and is very valuable.  It is the agent for change in the way youth are looked at in their community and across the country.  Youth are now respected as important partners – all this because youth had the courage to speak up and use their voice.  FAST TRAC has many opportunities for youth to express and use their voice through workgroups, board meetings, and even sometimes speaking to local, state, or national representatives about things pertaining to youth.  Being a part of the FAST TRAC Youth Group, youth also get a chance to hang out with other youth that they may have something in common with.  For more information on FAST TRAC Youth Groups, email Danny Little, FAST TRAC Youth Engagement Specialist, at dlittle.ft@ccmhrb.org