Youth voice, youth involvement, youth participation, youth-centered programs,
community youth development, meaningful youth engagement, youth civic engagement,
child-friendly communities... Each of these titles are meant to summarize initiatives that
are active, empowering, and democratic experiences
for young people as they create change in their own lives, as
well as the lives of others in the organizations, institutions,
and communities they belong to.
Point to Ponder:
standing or speaking for children, we need to stand with
children speaking for themselves. We don't need a political
movement for children... [we need to] build environments and
policies for our collective future." - Sandra Meucci
= free publication
The CFC website provides a
powerful tool for exchanging information, sharing data and
networking among partners globally. Website users can access
information about the activities, objectives and methodologies
of CFC projects, links with CFC partners and examples from Child
Friendly Cities world-wide.
Voices in Community Design Handbook
By The California Center for Civic
Engagement and Youth Development. This is a spectacular, free
how-to guide on getting youth involved in local policy making
and community planning. The handbook provides a step-by-step
guide to youth engagement and is supported by an extensive
online library of articles and activities.
Creating Better Cities With Children and Youth
By David Driskell. This UNESCO
publications provides examples and activities that can help
young people become engaged throughout their communities. It
gives youth participation a global perspective by
contextualizing young peoples' engagement within an
international movement for citizen engagement. The tools
within this booklet cover a variety of topics.
Youth Participation in Community Planning
By Barry Checkoway, Ramona Mullahey, Yve
Susskind. This booklet is an early publication that provided an
important initial illustration of youth action for social
change. It includes successful models and methods, and proposes
a national movement for change.
Youth People As Community Builders
By Barry Checkoway and Janet Finn.
Building Communities From The
Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding And Mobilizing A Community's
By John Kretzmann & John Mcknight.