How to Engage Youth in Policy Decision Making

Keywords Youth Engagement Strategies, Decision-Making, Sociological Levels


Wellstream: The Canadian Centre for Innovation in Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use is committed to creating innovative solutions to enhance mental health and mitigate substance use harms among children, youth, and communities in Canada.

In partnership with Agenda Gap youth in Alberta, they produced this Report outlining best practices for maximizing youth engagement in policy processes. The report highlights evidence of effective youth engagement strategies and key recommendations. The comprehensive reference list offers additional evidence.

Policy & Practice Implications

  • The report explores how youth engagement in policy and other decision-making is useful for youth themselves, adults, organizations, and communities. 
  • Organizations and policymakers can learn about the risks, benefits, and potential impacts associated with different youth engagement types, helping identify meaningful approaches to apply to their own strategies.

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