Family and Youth Engagement

Facilitators: Elizabeth Reddick, Karla Reid-Witt, and Simone Sawyer, MSPH

Definition: Family and youth engagement is the organizational, communication, and operational practices implemented in schools that facilitate partnerships with families and youth for the establishment and achievement of common goals.

Purpose: Increase family engagement in school behavioral health through sharing best practices in family engagement, breaking barriers to family engagement through authentic partnerships, and learning about family engagement frameworks and strategies.

Activities: Proposed activities may include modeling best practices in family engagement by developing partnerships with caregivers; creating a repository of best practices; hosting a webinar on family engagement; creating a family advisory group; and developing an infographic on family engagement in schools.

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