Youth Participation in Planning and Decision-Making:
An Online Resource Guide

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The following are examples of U. S.-based efforts to increase youth participation in planning and decision-making.

Youth participation in land-use planning

Lemon Grove Kids CIty Planning Program - Lemon Grove, CA

2004 Town Plan - Youth Involvement - Leesburg, VA

(Note:  In Youth Participation in Community Planning,  the authors discuss youth involvement in land use planning in Salt Lake City, Honolulu, and Seattle in the 1990's.  Planning Departments in these cities have been emailed requesting an update) 

Youth-based initiatives for social change

El Puente - New York, NY

Youth Working for Positive Change (YWPC) - Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI)

Seattle Young People's Project

The Young and the Restless - New Market, TN

Youth Empowerment Center - Bay Area, CA

Freechild Project - Youth-Led Social Activism


Youth participation in policy making

Boston Mayor's Youth Council

Hawai'i Community Services Council:  Ka Ala Hoku

San Francisco Youth Commission

Mayor's Youth Council -  Seattle, WA

San Francisco Youth Commission

Mayor's Youth Council -  Seattle, WA

Mayor's Youth Council - Indianapolis, IN

(Note: The National League of Cities (NLC) is currently establishing a network of municipalities with youth participation. Contact Anthony Kieth for details.) 



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Created May 2004, by Mark Tirpak, MSCRP Studen