Youth Empowerment

Why it matters

Empowering Youth in Health Care

Empowering youth to actively participate in their health care leads to more preventive visits and lifelong engagement in the health system. Health centers can implement programs and practices to develop adolescents into knowledgeable and engaged health care consumers. Additionally, health centers can improve their adolescent health services by listening to the values and opinions of the young people they serve. Take a look at the following resources for ideas on how to empower youth in a health care setting.

Strategies for Providing Youth-Friendly Services
Strategies for Providing Youth-Friendly Services

 Starter Guides

AHI offers starter guides that are mini-toolkits that offer concrete, actionable steps to improve adolescent care. Check out this starter guide to learn about strategies for providing youth-friendly services.

Youth-Friendly Materials

Youth empowerment can be impacted through programming, visual cues, and one-on-one conversations with patients. AHI offers resources on all three! 


Manual to establish and sustain a Youth Advisory Council.  Additional Appendix found here.

Take Charge of Your Health Poster, 2016

Poster to guide youth as they take more ownership over their health care. Accompanying teen and parent handouts available.


Poster to guide youth as they take more ownership over their health care in Spanish. Accompanying teen and parent handouts available.


Sample health rights for teens poster to display in exam and waiting rooms. Contact us for a poster specific to your state!

Youth-Led Health Center Assessment, 2017

Assessment tool and facilitator guide used to engage young people in evaluating the youth-friendliness of health centers. Accompanying video available.


Hear directly from teens about how you can improve their health care experience.

Teen Self-Advocacy: How To Be Your Own Health Care Advocate
Share ways teens can advocate for themselves to get the quality health care they deserve.

We Can Help!

Are you interested in empowering youth to be savvy health care consumers? Would you like to learn strategies to get authentic youth feedback on your adolescent services? We can help!