Welcome to the PA Secondary Transition for Youth Engagement Wiki

Why Youth Engagement is Important:
Youth and young adults should be the leader of their educational and transition planning team.

Youth engagement is a central principle of youth development and it is important to view young people as agents of their own development. Youth are more than passive recipients of external influences; instead they are actively involved in shaping their development by interacting with the people and opportunities made available within their environments. Through youth engagement, communities can do a better job of creating the services, opportunities, and supports that young people need to develop in healthy ways. Youth engagement offers community leaders the expertise and partnership of young people, helping adults fully understand what it is like to grow up in a rapidly changing world.

There are many benefits to youth engagement:

  • Young people benefit by gaining skills, knowledge, self-esteem, and connectedness.

  • Adults benefit by enhancing their own competencies, learning to better understand and value youth, and increasing their commitment and energy to their organizations.

  • Organizations benefit by improving their programs, gaining community recognition, and attracting funders.

  • Communities benefit by improving quality of life, coordinating youth services, and authentically embracing diversity by representing young people.

Adapted from the Act Youth Network website

This wiki provides information and resources regarding how to engage youth and young adults in this process.


  • I'm Determinded

    • Student Involvement in the IEP
    • Assessments & Checklists for students, parents, educators
    • Family Support
    • Videos
    • Literature & Resources

  • Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network

    • On this site youth can connect with young adult leaders from across Pennsylvania and find additional resources that can assist them with the secondary transition process.

  • University of Oklahoma - Zarrow Center

    • AIR Self-Determination Assessment
    • ARC Self-Determination Scal
    • Choice Maker Self-Determination Assessmen
    • Field and Hoffman Self-Determination Assessment Battery
    • Student led IEP- Instructional modules


The Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) - Toolkits

Supports for Assessment of Self-Determination Skills

Supports for Career Development

Supports for IEP Involvement

Supports for Recreation and Leisure Involvement

ACT Youth Network Resources