What would you do to make the community more welcoming and inclusive for our youth?

about 5 years ago
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Youth often report being stereotyped and discriminated against or not having a voice in things that matter to them.  When youth are able to safely express themselves and find meaningful involvement in their world, they tend to exhibit thriving behaviours.  These can also act as protective factors for them in risky situations and strengthen their personal development.

  • Richmondite about 9 years ago
    By simply engaging the youth in the City activities. We should find the ways to attract them to be more engaged and have active participation
  • dewhalen almost 9 years ago
    The Richmond Art Gallery Association (a non-profit society) recently had a Volunteer Open House and about 40 people turned up-most of them youth. I believe youth want to be involved in the community and just need to know that there are a wealth of opportunities out there. These youth are enthusiastic and brimming with ideas. They are knowledgeable about social media and can really help organizations that are "stuck" in the old ways of communication. They want to volunteer their time to worthwhile causes and there is no doubt that non-profits need youth for succession planning. Youth these days understand that life is not all about making money; it is about working together for a better world. I believe we will be in good hands in the future if organizations allow youth to become involved and then really appreciate their efforts. And youth who become involved in the community become engaged citizens.
  • Funfunyay almost 9 years ago
    I am a youth in Richmond (20 yrs of age). There are several things I see as making Richmond a difficult place for youth:1) EnvironmentThe neighbourhood centres idea is a step in the right direction, but most of Richmond right now is unrelieved suburbia. For young people who can only walk or take the bus, this makes many activities, including community involvement, too far. This leads to boredom, which leads to potentially damaging results like drug and alcohol abuse, but also emotional issues like social isolation. This residentiality also creates a psychological rift. It's feels like Richmond doesn't want young people. With no places to go, little affordable housing for young people, and a general sense of being treated as a problem to be solved, I am not surprised that most of my friends and peers consider Richmond as nothing more than a stop on their way to somewhere they could actually live and thrive. Even though they may have been born here, grew up here, they feel there is no place or home for them here.2) EmpowermentAs I mentioned before, youth are often treated as a problem to be solved. As dewhalen pointed out, youth are incredibly eager to be involved, with so much to offer and a high capacity to learn new skills and approaches. What we need to do is give youth ways to be involved. Ways that don't condescend to them, but really give them the initiative and support to accomplish things.3) CommunityThis has been touched on in the last two points, but it is ultimately at the core of what needs to be done. We need to give youth a sense of community, a community that values them and wants them, but also a community that needs them, that needs their inputs and involvement. If we don't make it clear to youth that we want them, they will find a place that does.
  • Benjamin Knight almost 9 years ago
    How about asking the teens what they want to happen in their neighbourhood, like planning events. And creating hang out places like parks or cafes soo they can feel like they can do something in their neighbourhood. And by making like events in the neighbourhoods or Richmond that is Teen Oriented like firework celebrations or snowmen building contests or kite flying contests you know stuff teens might actually wanna do.