“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Empower means to help someone gain more confidence to take action. The capacity of youth only needs empowered to fulfill Margaret Mead’s observation. Communication, leadership, and responsible independence capacities of youth can develop by adult allies providing opportunities to advocate action plans in their communities. Once empowered they can activate sustainable active transportation within their communities for years to come. The objective is to provide the tools to empower youth through engaging strategies for building a broader network of sustainable active transportation within their communities, both the school and the larger communities in which they live. Lawrence Kohlberg developed the theory that our moral development comes through opportunities that continuously aide in growth and development. As youth develop into people that live by a social contract in which they develop universal principles to live by, their horizons broaden. When youth share power for change, power in decision-making, their capacity for leadership and responsible independence actualizes. When given constructive challenge and direction such as sustainable active transportation, their lives and those around them become healthy, productive, and empowered.
Workshops available include:
- Building a Teen Network for Active Living
- Youth Engagement in Active Transportation
- Teen Development for Sustainable Transportation
Contact us for more information on how to bring Empowering Youth in Active Transportation workshops to your community.
One of our colleagues working with community engagement is Arthur Orsini at Urbanthinkers, Vancouver, B.C. provides leadership in Youth Engagement in Active Transportation.