About the Toolkit
Young people matter. When it comes to designing tools and services to support their career exploration, their voices, their sense of agency, and how they view themselves need to be equally valued alongside what we know about the most effective interventions and supports. But what does that look like in practice, and where do we begin?
Research for Equitable Futures has yielded countless insights on how young people think about their future lives and careers and what support they need from the adults in their lives. To translate the research into actionable insights and ideas, Equitable Futures created Designing Pathways with Young People, a toolkit loaded with actionable resources and research to help you center young people’s voices in programmatic approaches to designing or influencing career pathways. The toolkit was co-created with an advisory team of youth advocates across the education field and features design principles, resources and recommendations designed to advance your work to center the voices and perspectives of young people while supporting them in their career pathways and transitions.
When young people’s experiences, aspirations, and goals are taken into consideration, we are more likely to produce tools and services that successfully support young people as they work to reach the goals they set for themselves.Advisors for Equitable Futures
The tools are organized into three categories: Action, Voices and Research. You can explore each section in-depth below. If you are already familiar with Striving to Thriving research, consider starting with the Design Principles or the Voices from the Field. If you are new to Striving to Thriving, consider beginning with the Research section, and then returning to the Action section.
- Action: Find tools and resources you can use to center youth voices and advance equity in your work and practices.
- Voices: Listen to first-person testimonials of young people and the adults working to support their pathways.
- Research: Access research on career pathways with Black and Latino young people and young people experiencing poverty.
How has the toolkit impacted your work?
We want to hear how you’re applying what you’ve learned from the Designing Pathways with Young People toolkit to your work. Send an email to [email protected].