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This page is a collection of articles, guides, toolkits and best practices on youth engagement. It also includes some of the tool and activities that we have found useful in our work.

This section is still in development, please feel free to browse around and send us any information you think we should add.
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Youth Participation in Photovoice as a Strategy for Community Change

Youth Engagement Strategies
Photovoice is a participatory action research strategy which can contribute to youth mobilization for community change. The strategy can enable youth to (1) record and vivify their community’s strengths and concerns; (2) promote critical dialogue and knowledge about community issues through group discussion of photographs; and (3) reach policy makers. Following a description of the photovoice methodology, this article briefly highlights ten projects in which youth used photovoice to represent, advocate, and enhance community health and well-being.
Caroline C. Wang

Co-Management- A Practical Guide: Seeking Excellence in Youth Participation at a Local Level

Youth Engagement Strategies
This toolkit promotes and encourages young people and elders to work together and co-manage more of society's institutions and projects. By doing so, not only to they improve the running and creativity of those institutions, they bridge the perceived 'generational gap'- and affirm the often repeated but rarely acted upon, truth that young people are citizens of today not just of tomorrow.
Peace Child International, United Games International, United Games Hungary, YAKA International and Young Voices Slovenia

Engaging Youth in Community Climate Action

Youth Engagement Strategies
This guide has been put together as a primer for local government staff on engaging youth in climate action- detailed resources and additional information can be found at the end of this document. By making a commitment to engage youth in governance activities, we can help build support for decisions, planning processes and services.
Prepared by the CRD Climate Action Program and the BC Ministry of the Environment's Youth Climate Leadership Alliance

An Agenda for Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement Strategies
Government response to the recommendations of the
Youth Citizenship Commission (UK).

Community Capacity Building and Mobilization in Youth Mental Health Promotion

Youth Engagement Strategies
This paper will explore key concepts in youth mental health promotion, demonstrating how these concepts can and have been operationalized and implemented at the community level. Key concepts in youth mental health promotion will be first defined
including community capacity building, community mobilization and youth mental health promotion. The experience of youth suicide in a rural community will be used to illustrate, in practical terms, how these concepts have real-life application. Specifically, in the context of a community’s response to a tragic event, the importance of developing a shared vision and creating a common community language around youth mental health will be emphasized. This will be done with an appreciation of the extent of the problem, both in terms of the specific issue of youth suicide as well as the more global issue of youth mental health. The identification, engagement and sustainability of a range of community assets and partnerships will be explored as relate to community capacity building and mobilization. Key assets that will be discussed include youth themselves as well as the business community. The Community Helpers Program will be presented as a model for community capacity building around the issue of youth mental health promotion.

Finally, the implications of successful community capacity building from both a policy and a systems perspective will be discussed. The emphasis will be on how communities and the systems that support them can experience fundamental and lasting change.
Peggy Austen for Health Canada

Esquimalt Youth Development Strategy

Youth Engagement Strategies
Many positive avenues for youth participation in recreation and leisure services exist in Esquimalt, lead by a solid base of Parks and Recreation Department initiatives. Much of these services exist in response to the same issues that have precipitated the preparation of a Youth Development Strategy in the Township of Esquimalt. Relevant historical and current issues include violent youth behaviour, youth living in poverty and/or in single parent households and recent cutbacks or elimination of key youth services in the community. In conjunction with these issues further rationale for the initiation of the Youth Development Strategy for the Township of Esquimalt is founded in the following concepts:
-The construction of a Youth Development Strategy based on the Developmental Asset Building Framework was a primary initiative outlined in the Township of Esquimalt Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan.
-A Youth Development Strategy provides a vehicle for youth involvement, feedback and ultimately youth empowerment.
-The Strategy also indicates a commitment to youth development and implies that youth initiatives are as important as other community initiatives.
-The negative media stereotype of youth in this community is resulting in young people not being considered as valuable members of the community or as an important resource.
- Recreation and leisure participation is critical to positive youth development
The focus of a Youth Strategy is to research and develop the priorities, recommendations and strategies for decision making with regards to the planning and delivery of youth development services in Esquimalt over the next five years (2005-2009).
Town of Esquimalt

Halifax Youth Engagement Strategy

Youth Engagement Strategies
The Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) is the result of a collaborative effort between staff of Recreation, Tourism and Culture – Community Recreation Services (RTC) and HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development (HeartWood). The strategy represents an evolutionary, developmental, community-based model aimed at improving recreational opportunities for the youth of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) through youth involvement. The intent is to create a process in which youth are proactively and creatively engaged in determining the types of programs and services that are of interest and benefit to them. Today’s youth are facing an ever increasing number of issues and a more holistic approach is needed – the youth need to be involved, and want to be involved, in the process.
Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development and City of Halifax

An ICC Recommendation Comes to Life: The Municipal Youth Cabinet's Role in Inclusion

Youth Engagement Strategies
A youth engagement strategy for St John; this document discusses the evolution of the St John's youth cabinet.
Kathryn Asher

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