Toolkits and Publications


City of Vancouver Toolkits & Publications 

citizenU Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Bullying Training Manual
City of Vancouver and PeerNetBC, 2014

This manual is a concrete legacy of the citizenU action research project, with content, facilitation tools, activities and materials developed by youth and staff who participated in the project. Under the leadership of PeerNetBC, this final manual reflects a collaborative effort to develop best practices in addressing the root causes of racism, discrimination and bullying, and enabling and empowering youth to lead change in their communities.

Children, youth and families in Vancouver
(Full Report & Fact Sheet)
City of Vancouver, 2011
This resource manual is written for adults who wish to engage youth in community planning. It provides practical ideas that are easy to use and effective, and have been tested in the field by community organizations and cities. Click here to download the full report. Click here to download the fact sheet.

MAPPED! a youth community mapping toolkit
Sustainable Cities & the City of Vancouver, 2010

This resource manual is written for adults who wish to engage youth in community planning. It provides practical ideas that are easy to use and effective, and have been tested in the field by community organizations and cities. Click here to download the toolkit.

Youth Leadership Development in Vancouver
City of Vancouver, 2009
This report details the findings of a study conducted by the City of Vancouver’s Social Policy Division on Youth Leadership Development (YLD) programming in Vancouver. The study consisted of a literature review on YLD, case studies of 19 local YLD programs, and a survey and focus group involving 17 local YLD program coordinators. As a result of this process, a network of Vancouver YLD programmers was established to address several of the issues identified in this report. Click here to download the report.



Partner Resources


2009 Vancouver Youth Vital Signs
(Youth Vital Signs Leadership Council)

The first-ever Youth Vital Signs report card. It’s the product of a year-long, youth-driven research and public opinion project that gives a new voice to Vancouver youth age 15 to 24. The report aims to increase the influence of youth in public policy and community investment decisions that affect our lives by encouraging dialogue, debate and action. Read the report online or download it at

How to Support your Child during the Middle Years
(Vancouver Middle Childhood Mattters Steering Committee)
Snapshot of the physical, cognitive (thought processes), and social development stages of children from 6 years old to 12 years old, and what parents and other supportive adults can do to support healthy development in these areas.

Vancouver Adolescent Health Survey
(McCreary Centre Society)
Largest survey of its kind in Canada and provides the most comprehensive picture of the physical and emotional health of BC youth, including risk and protective factors. Also available for BC and other BC regions.

YouthSpeak 2009 Report
(Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks)
This report details priorities identified by youth attending the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks' 2009 YouthSpeak event. "It is a meant to be a snapshot of the realities faced by young people in and from care who are involved with the FBCYICN."



YouthPolitik related resources
on youth civic engagement & leadership development

A Seat at the Table: A Review of Youth Engagement in Vancouver
(McCreary Centre Society)
This report focuses on youth engagement in civic and community decision-making. It includes a literature review and offers different examples of involving young people in decision-making processes in Vancouver, from the perspectives of youth, service providers and funders. The report aims to offer a better understanding of the continuum of youth engagement that exists and to show the different ways that youth can be involved in decisions that affect their lives. Based on the evidence presented, the report concludes with some suggestions and check-lists for successfully engaging young people. Read the report online or download it at

Be An Active Citizen
(Justice Education Society of BC)
Website provides information and resources for high school students to become active citizens and for teachers to access citizenship teaching resources.

Changing the Landscape: Involving Youth in Social Change
(YouthScape, International Institute for Child Rights and Development, University of Victoria)
Guidebook for those seeking to engage young people in their organizations, in policy making and in social change. Website also has a large collection of other resources and toolkits.

Sprout leadership courses for young people
(TakingITGlobal & the Pearson Fellowship for Social Innovation)
E-courses, fellowships & customized training to give young leaders worldwide access to training in essential skills, including team building, project management, communications and leveraging technology as they imagine, plan and develop social innovation projects.
(Student Vote)
Flagship program is a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with official election periods. The program combines in-class learning, family dialogue, media consumption and an authentic voting experience.



citizenU related resources
on racism, discrimination & bullying

Embracing our Humanity
(TM NewMedia Inc. & International Education for Peace Institute (Canada))
Funded by Government of Canada & the Province of Bristish Columbia's EmbraceBC Program, this is a set of educational resources designed to help achieve a greater appreciation of multiculturalism and overcome racial discrimination. Draws upon an internationally proven, unity-based approach to multicultural and anti-racism education. It is based on the principle that intolerance must be confronted at its roots.

Honouring Diverse Beliefs in Communities: A Conversational Toolkit
(himar Productions Ltd.)
The result of a partnership with DIVERSECcity Community Resources Society and Surrey Neighbouring Faiths Program. A 20 minute online documentary aimed at starting community conversations.

Walk a Mile in our Shoes: Resources on Bullying of Children with Special Needs
Report, articles and many resources (including teaching resources) regarding bullying and special needs.

The Door that's not Locked - Internet safety website
(Canadian Centre for Child Protection)
While the Internet opens doors leading to a world of great information, communication and entertainment, it can also be a direct path to danger for children. This website offersa number of internet safety resources at your finger tips to help keep you and your kids (if your a parent) safe online.

Racism Resources for Youth
EmbraceBC is a government-sponsored website to promote multiculturalism and reduce racism in BC. Resources include the Change Agent handbook for 15-20 year olds, which provides useful information such as myths and facts about racism, questions to consider, and definitions. It can be used by youth to develop personal pride and accountability in creating positive change in their communities and to understand that as individuals, they have the ability to prevent racism. These resources and more are available online.