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Giving Young People A Voice: Making A Youth Masterplan

Full resource: When Cities Make A Plan For Young People, Youth Workers Are Part Of The Process
Date published: 2013
Source: National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth
Author: National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

Cities are increasingly realizing the need and value of including the voice of youth in their strategic planning. Some municipalities have even begun to develop ‘youth master plans’, city-wide strategies aiming to improve the quality of life for youth and their families by enhancing youth services. At the heart of the strategy is a participatory process, where young people are involved in decision-making and collaborating with government leaders and agencies, youth-serving organizations and other non-profits, community members and school systems. While the physical outcomes may range from parks to youth centers, another important result is generating greater respect for youth, community-wide.

This webpage outlines what a youth masterplanning process might look like, and where youth-serving organizations can be of use. For example, in preplanning they can advise city leaders, be the voice of positive youth development, and inform city leaders about existing networks and resources to tap. In planning they can help survey or map the community, serve on committees or task forces, and engage youth and advise city leaders about the best way to connect with young people. In the implementation and revision phase they can assist by helping to market the masterplan, setting organizational goals, ensuring they stay involved beyond initial implementation, and making efforts to recognize young people’s accomplishments.

This resource is published by the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth, a resource of the Family and Youth Services Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S Department of Health and Human Services.

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