City of Vancouver Social Policy staff work with other City Departments and community agencies to increase and enhance youth involvement in shaping the policies that guide growth and change in Vancouver.
Work-to-date has included neighbourhood based capacity building in Renfrew Collingwood, West Point Grey and Mount Pleasant; and major projects such as Hastings Park Visioning, Eco-Density and the Canada Line station hubs.
In November 2011, Social Policy staff, together with Sustainable Cities International, held workshops with students at elementary and secondary schools in Downtown Vancouver to help plan the Comox-Helmcken Greenway, a proposed active transportation route across Downtown. Approximately 300 students shared their visions for the route and for transportation city-wide. Students' drawing, writing, mapping, questions and comments are now being used by the Comox-Helmcken Greenway team as they design the route.
In 2008, for the Mount Pleasant Community Planning Program, Social Policy staff worked with local youth and youth organizations to make sure young people were involved and heard in envisioning and shaping the future of that community. Some of the submissions that youth presented to City planners and their community, included videos! For more information visit Youth Engagement in Mount Pleasant
Currently, children and youth are getting involved and expressing their opinions in such City planning processes as the Cambie Corridor, Central Broadway, and other planning processes.
Check back frequently at www.vancouveryouth.ca for information on contributing your “youth voice” to different planning processes – OR – check out vancouver.ca/yoursay.htm.
Got Questions or Ideas?
If you would like to find out what City planning processes are underway in your neighbourhood and would like to add your voice as a young person living in Vancouver, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.