Dream Teens: Adolescents-Led Participatory Project in Portugal in the Context of the Economic Recession

Diana Frasquilho, Emily J. Ozer, Elizabeth M. Ozer, Cátia Branquinho, Inês Camacho, Marta Reis, Gina Tomé, Teresa Santos, Paulo Gomes, Jaqueline Cruz, Lúcia Ramiro, Tânia Gaspar, Celeste Simões, Amber Akemi Piatt, Ingrid Holsen, Margarida Gaspar de Matos

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This article describes the implementation process of a nationwide project to enhance young people’s participation and active citizenship in the context of Portugal’s economic recession. This project used an innovative Positive Youth Development approach that engaged Portuguese youth (aged 11-18 years) through social media tools to facilitate their civic engagement and development. Participants from all over the country were empowered (1) to design and conduct research activities on topics of their choice and about their life contexts and (2) to create ways to improve youth civic participation in their communities, while developing supportive interactions with adults and peers. Overall, youth were engaged in their activities, felt their voices were heard, and felt that they were viewed as experts of their own well-being and living contexts. Youth research actions and preliminary findings were then compiled in a set of recommendations that was formally received by a high commissioner of the Ministry of Health. The article concludes with a discussion of the next steps for the project and its limitations so far.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-59
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • adolescents
  • economic recession
  • Positive Youth Development
  • social participation
  • youth engagement

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