The Youth Rights Summit that we hosted in October 2017 brought together 38 youth ages 9-22 from across Vermont to draft a Vermont Youth Declaration of Rights. The question that framed the Youth Rights Summit was:

What do you, as a young person in Vermont, need in order to be the best version of yourself?

In response, the youth developed the framework for the rights, that categories, and all the wording. The only changes we made in the final document was to format it and to fix a few spelling errors. We presented the Youth Declaration of Rights to the Vermont Child Poverty Council on November 16, 2017 and it is used as a foundation document for the VT9to26 Coalition.