This checklist is designed as a reference for service providers and program facilitators about how to support young people in accessing safety net programs. It was developed by listening directly to young people (ages 14 to 24) and people working at youth-serving organizations about young people’s lived experiences and their ideas for how to better serve young people seeking safety net supports. Young people and staff members identified key challenges with safety net policies and practices that do not reflect the needs or developmental life stage of young people. In this checklist we list steps individuals and organizations can take to support young people in navigating safety net processes; empower and support young people in decisionmaking; and build respectful, trusting relationships with young people.
For related products, see our Young People and the Safety Net project page.