In May of 2019, Veronika Bylicki of CityHive reprised her presentation from last September, looking at youth — basically, people aged 18 to 35 — as one of the greatest untapped resources in decision making, planning and city-building. Yet they are the ones, Veronika says, who will have to “wear” the results of today’s decisions. She says it’s a missed opportunity and that decisions that are not taken with meaningful input from youth are less resilient, while engaging youth is a “triple-win” for youth, communities and cities.
So what’s preventing more youth involvement? One thing is a lack of knowledge that they can get involved, particularly at the civic level. Three barriers Veronika identifies are a lack of civic literacy, lack of confidence and a lack of credibility — that is, many young people don’t believe they know enough to have anything of value to offer.
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