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Top 10 Things Youth Need from Adults


Based on a survey of more than 500 young people at a youth conference in April 2000, teens identified these as the things they most needed from adults:

  • Get to know us!  Don't make judgments or stereotypes based on first impressions.
  • Recognize our wisdom and treat us with respect.  Trust us to try it on our own.
  • Believe in us and never, ever give up on us.
  • Provide help, support, and guidance with patience, care, and love.
  • Listen.  Value youths' opinions and feelings.  Be our advocate and ally.
  • Provide job opportunities!
  • Make time for us.
  • Work with us in partnership.  Have fun with us and teach us what you know.
  • Provide a range of opportunities that are safe, playful, and help us make a difference.