Educators, policymakers, community leaders, and service providers have the opportunity to impart youth with the skills, knowledge, abilities, and opportunities to become active participants in influential decision-making settings. The main approach to sustain youth engagement is by placing youth in the centre of those initiatives (Institute for Community Research, ICR).

When youth are provided the opportunity to participate meaningfully in the development and carrying-out of programs, they tend to become more motivated and more capable of further engagement. As they work with other youth or adults, who facilitate and support their progress, meaningful relationships are cultivated.