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Benchmark Resources

These resources are available for communities currently undergoing the QYD process, to support their efforts to document the 10 QYD Benchmarks in their community.

I. Welcoming, inclusive, and accessible space in the community for any youth (including LBGTQ youth, youth of color, disadvantaged youth) to gather safely when out of school.

II. Funding by the community in support of youth programs.

III. A professional youth-mentoring program serving the community.

IV. An elected community youth council, consisting of high school students that will advise the community on issues directly and indirectly related to youth.

V. “Youth Are Welcome!” posters displayed by downtown businesses.

VI. The engagement of youth as members of the Board of Directors of local non-profits providing services to youth.

VII. Youth access to social services and resources outside of a school setting.

VIII. An annual youth conference or legislative forum for middle and high school students.

IX. Effective recruitment of young people for local community-wide committees.

X. Creation of internship/employment opportunities for youth in local government and businesses.

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