Youth-Adult Partnerships (YAPs) are a way to meaningfully engage youth. Engagement empowers youth to have a voice in decisions that affect them and provides opportunities for youth to develop skills needed to exercise actual authority and responsibilities.
YAPs are distinct from youth programs. Youth programs are often characterized by a one-way commitment from adults to help youth. YAPs are a two-way commitment from adults to help youth by establishing policies and programs. Youth become agents of change instead of targets to be changed (Outley, 2018).
Reference: Outley, C. (2018). Positive Youth Development: Building Capacity in Youth Organizations. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University.