Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders Today: A Guide to Creating Youth Councils

Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders Today: A Guide to Creating Youth Councils

April 8, 2019

June 2021 - Third Edition

Throughout the state, city leaders are beginning to see their younger citizens as a resource for community problem-solving. In these cities, youth councils are working with elected officials and other city leaders to tackle important issues, and discovering that their voice matters to their city leaders. Cities using effective approaches to youth participation are realizing benefits such as budget savings and revenue generation; increased support for city initiatives and improved policies and programs for youth. But, how do you establish a youth council? How are they  funded? How are they structured? How are participants selected?

This publication has been produced to help you in your decision on how to establish a youth council and which versions would work best for your city.


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