Youth Voice: Listening to Refugee and Immigrant Youth
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children Services (BRYCS)
Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS)
2008 Summer, 4 pages
"Youth Voice" refers to efforts that incorporate the input and participation of youth into planning activities that affect them, as well as by sharing their perspectives and experiences through artistic expression. Adults often assume what youth need, or overlook the importance of intentionally soliciting youth input. Yet, youth themselves make clear that their observations and sentiments can be poignant and insightful. Their participation in planning can make programming relevant, accessible, and effective for youth. In order to highlight the contribution and talent of newcomer youth, this Spotlight article focuses on the newly created BRYCS Youth Arts & Voices Web page, which showcases art by refugee and immigrant youth, along with lists of highlighted resources and information about youth arts programming.