YECO has seven (5) core values. These values reflect the organization’s commitment to creating an inclusive, empowering, and safe environment for youth, emphasizing collaboration, research, cultural integration, and meaningful youth engagement. Below are the seven strategies value:
- Youth Engagement and Community Outreach: YECO believes in young people’s active engagement and participation in all aspects of its work. It values their input, ideas, and contributions, ensuring their voices are heard and respected in shaping the organization’s strategies and initiatives. YECO believes in the power of young people to make a positive difference in their communities. It seeks to empower youth by providing them with opportunities for engagement, leadership development, and active participation in decision-making processes.
- Community Safety and Inclusivity: YECO is dedicated to enhancing community safety and well-being. It recognizes the importance of creating safe spaces for young people to thrive, ensuring they can freely participate in community programming without fear or risk. YECO values the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their backgrounds, abilities, or identities. It strives to create an environment where everyone feels welcome, respected, and valued.
- Collaboration and Partnerships: YECO values collaboration and partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders. It understands that by working together, a more significant impact can be achieved in addressing the needs of youth and implementing effective outreach strategies.
- Research and Evidence-Based Practices: YECO emphasizes the importance of research and evidence-based practices to inform its initiatives. It recognizes the value of understanding the specific issues affecting youth and using data-driven insights to design and implement relevant, effective, and impactful programs.
- Cultural Diversity and Integration: YECO celebrates and values cultural diversity. It promotes cultural integration and exchange, recognizing that by embracing and learning from different cultures, young people can develop a broader perspective and foster stronger connections within their community.