Youth are often not taken seriously when it comes to political participation. Yet, young people everywhere are constantly putting their voices out there, making meaningful change in their communities. There is a gap to be bridged. Youth Civic Voices invites young people to explore and expand notions of civic engagement, and how they can influence decisions made in the city.
- To realize that youth are stakeholders who hold the voice, rights, and power to influence decisions made by political parties and their elected municipal representatives
- To identify whose voices are missing/marginalized from local political processes, and why
- To explore the ways in which youth can participate in local decision-making processes and access its services
- To put the City of Vancouver in the context of colonial past and present, and to ground civic engagement in the complexities of reconciliation and decolonization