The City of Victoria has a adopted a strategy aimed at getting more youth involved in decision-making.
“The Youth Strategy is a painting made with the brushstrokes from
local youth from all walks of life, adults who work closely with youth,
City staff, Council and us. It is the result of our best efforts to build a
better city for all youth in Victoria.”
Read the Youth Strategy here [PDF - 367 KB].
The three-year Youth Strategy, written by a team of 10 youth between the ages of 12 and 25, includes practical and creative initiatives that will help the City strengthen its relationship with youth and involve them in City activities.
Youth aged 12 – 24 make up over 15 percent of Victoria’s population yet are underrepresented in the City’s planning processes. This strategy was developed in order to give young people a voice in local government and planning the future of their community.
The strategy identifies more than a dozen ways for the City to get involve youth in their municipal government involved including:
- developing a learning tool in partnership with the school district so children and youth are learning about the City in classrooms
- opening a youth hub as a safe space for youth to hang out and get information on…
- creating a channel for direct two-way dialogue between City Council and youth
- getting more youth working at the City through mentorship and co-op programs