The concept of youth empowerment sprang from the need to enable young people to have a say in decisions which affect them and to have lowed and heard voices.
In their communiqué, Commonwealth Youth Ministers considered that “pursuing the objective of youth empowerment gave young people the economic, social, and cultural advancement of their families and countries and to gain self-fulfillment”
Empowering young people means creating and supporting the enabling conditions under which young people can act on their own behalf, and on their own terms, rather than at the direction of others.
Youth empowerment is based on the belief that young people are themselves the best resource for promoting their development and that they must be both architects and agents in meeting the challenges and solving the problem faced in today’s world and in the new millennium.
Young people can have powerful and positive effects on adults, organizations, and communities.
Through empowering processes such as learning decision-making skills, critical awareness, managing resources, and working with others, both youth and adults become better equipped as change agents.
On the other side, empowered outcomes allow individuals to gain a sense of control, critical awareness and participatory awareness.