The Youth Planning Program (YPP) is designed to bridge the gap between young people and adults. We are youth representing other youth, affecting planning policy and increasing accessibility to city government. By engaging youth in the political process and implementing Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth, we hope to build community, nurture leadership, and create equity.
We accomplish our mission by:
1. Assisting planners and other City staff to reach youth and gain youth opinion for projects that affect youth’s lives, with the ultimate goal of increasing youth voice in issues or topics that affect our future.
2. Working to make planning and planning projects accessible to all. “Youth-friendly is People-friendly”. Youth are able to take technical information and communicate it in a more accessible manner and language that people from many different backgrounds can understand.
3. Providing youth employment training in planning and development, project management, and community and civic engagement. This prepares youth for future workforce development, as well as creating great social and economic sustainability in our communities.
“Youth empowerment is an ongoing process in which people who are experiencing oppression based on others' perceptions of their youth gain the skills, resources, information, and opportunities necessary to effect change in their own lives and the world around them.” SMYRC (Sexual Minority Resource Center)
We in the Bureau of Planning believe that youth empowerment is where youth are given power in all aspects of decision-making that affects their lives, and where youth initiate, and take the lead on projects that they’re interested in.