Keys to Decision-Making

Once issues are identified, it is time to make a decision on which one to work on! Having a group tackle one issue together helps you, the educator, manage student work as well as help build collaboration skills in young people.

When your group is ready to make a decision, keep these practices in mind!

  • Young people should have a significant say in the outcome of the decision. Remember, you are working in partnership with youth! This helps create buy-in in the project.
  • Create a space for open deliberation and discussion around the decision that you are making. These skills are essential in civic efficacy now, and in young people’s future.
  • Make the decision in the most equitable way as possible. We suggest using Criteria-Based Decision Making (CBDM). Resources around CBDM can be found on our Step 2 Resources page.

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