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BEYOND ELECTIONS: Youth Involvement in Municipal Governance. Presentation to the Union of BC Municipalities Conference Vancouver, British Columbia September 25 th , 2003. Presentation Overview. Who We Are Workshop Premise and Background Municipal Youth Engagement Framework

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Beyond elections youth involvement in municipal governance
BEYOND ELECTIONS: Youth Involvement in Municipal Governance

Presentation to the Union of BC Municipalities Conference

Vancouver, British Columbia

September 25th, 2003


Presentation overview
Presentation Overview

  • Who We Are

  • Workshop Premise and Background

  • Municipal Youth Engagement Framework

  • Municipal Youth Asset Scan


Who we are
Who We Are

“YOUTH ACTION EFFECTING CHANGE”

Doug Ragan, Senior Manager,

Environmental Youth Alliance

Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement

“CIVIC YOUTH STRATEGY”

Nadim Kara, Social Planner, City of Vancouver


Workshop premise
Workshop Premise

YOUTH ARE ASSETS TO THE COMMUNITY

YOUTH EXPERIENCE DEMOCRACY THROUGH LOCAL ACTION

MUNICIPALITIES CAN SUCCESSFULLY ENGAGE YOUTH


Youth as assets to communities
Youth as Assets to Communities

Levels of Action Youth Can Take:

  • Individual acts

  • Localized community service

  • Youth initiated projects

  • Sustained youth organizing


Municipal youth engagement framework
Municipal Youth Engagement Framework

e.g. Teachers Supportive Community

Friends peer group service

InitiatingSustainingEngagement/Outcomes

FactorsFactorsInvolvement

Community level

Enhanced self-esteem from contributing to healthy communities

Improved and more effective community services

Municipal policy commitment to youth involvement

Financial and staff resources to implement policy

Youth consultations and joint decision making

Municipal Level

Adapted from Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement model


Meaningful involvement role of municipality
MEANINGFUL INVOLVEMENT: Role of Municipality

THE BASICS:

Initiating Factors

  • Political commitment

  • Diversity

  • Tapping into passion

  • A true sharing of decision making power


Meaningful involvement role of municipality1
MEANINGFUL INVOLVEMENT: Role of Municipality

THE BASICS:

Sustaining Factors:

  • Resources

  • Youth friendly meetings

  • Reflection and Evaluation


Civic youth strategy
Civic Youth Strategy

Policy Statement, 1995

New implementation model, 2002

Community Grants


Youth as a resource
Youth as a Resource

Outcomes of Involvement

  • Healthier youth

  • Healthier communities

  • Vibrant youth community available as a resource to municipal government


Weaving the threads together
Weaving the threads together…

Healthy Youth, Healthy Communities

Improved Municipal Policies, Programs and Services

Local Action

Youth Involved in Youth Organizations

Youth Involved in Municipal Government


For more information
For more information...

CONTACT:

Doug Ragan, Environmental Youth Alliance

[email protected]

Nadim Kara, City of Vancouver Social Planning

[email protected]



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