Youth Participation Barriers

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Community leaders should also be aware of the barriers that prevent youth involvement, and develop strategies to avoid or effectively handle these obstacles – should they present. Researchers have found that there are three major barriers that affect youth participation. The first barrier is manipulation – youth do not want to feel like the adult leaders are attempting to manipulate them by educating them on community development, rather than engaging them in the process. Secondly, youth do not like to feel powerless; they want to feel empowered to make decisions in the development of youth programs that serve them. The third barrier involves adults’ general perception of youth; they do not want to be viewed as something to protect, but …show more content…
The Council should be a group consisting of high school aged youth, local community leaders, law enforcement, and other volunteers – working together to assess the needs of the community, create and design programs and other opportunities specific to youth in the Town, and advise on issues that directly relate to young people. Prior to selecting members for the Youth Advisory Council, Town officials – in conjunction with members of the Citizens Advisory Committee, should confer to establish basic criteria for selecting or appointing members. The criteria would include establishing a minimum age requirement for youth participants; ensuring that youth from each of the five quadrants of the Town are represented; determining which community leaders to include on the Council (i.e., local teacher, representative from a local mentoring program, coaches, etc.); and, deciding which representatives from the Town will participate (i.e., councilmember, police officer, etc.). Once the Town has established the criteria for selecting members, the Citizens Advisory Committee will determine the best method of community outreach to begin establishing the Youth Advisory …show more content…
The Town currently owns six buses, also known as Call-A-Bus. These buses are primarily used to shuttle the Towns seniors to and from various community events. The largest and most densely populated area in the Town is the London Woods Community. This community, located off Rollins Avenue, is not walkable or accessible to the Town and Community Hall due to a lack of sidewalks. Most, if not all, of the Towns events are held at this location. In the Towns youth engagement plan, I would recommend that the Mayor and Councilmembers consider using these buses to transport youth. This will remove any accessibility barriers that may exist, increase participation, and ensure that the youth are able to travel safely to and from

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