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Engaging Youth in Decision-Making
through Youth Councils
"Our youth are not failing the system; the
system is failing our youth. Ironically, the
very youth who are being treated t...
What is a Youth Council?
• Formal or Informal
• Driven by Advocacy and Decision-Making
• Focused on Youth Engagement
• Rep...
Types of Youth Councils
• Auburn
• Bellevue
• Camas
• Cheney
• Colville
• Des Moines
• Everett
• Federal Way
• Grandview
• Issaquah
• Kirkland
• L...
“Youth should not only be trained to live in a
democracy when they grow up; they should
have the chance to live in one tod...
Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project
Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project
Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project
Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project
Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project
Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project
Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project
Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project
Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project
Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project
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Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project

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This is an introductory presentation for people to consider what Youth Councils are, do, and can be. It features information from Washington State.

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Introduction to Youth Councils - The Freechild Project

  1. 1. Engaging Youth in Decision-Making through Youth Councils
  2. 2. "Our youth are not failing the system; the system is failing our youth. Ironically, the very youth who are being treated the worst are the young people who are going to lead us out of this nightmare." - Rachel Jackson
  3. 3. What is a Youth Council? • Formal or Informal • Driven by Advocacy and Decision-Making • Focused on Youth Engagement • Representative by Nature • Addresses Absence of Youth Engagement • May include ages 7 to 24
  4. 4. Types of Youth Councils
  5. 5. • Auburn • Bellevue • Camas • Cheney • Colville • Des Moines • Everett • Federal Way • Grandview • Issaquah • Kirkland • Lacey • Lakewood • Liberty Lake • Marysville • Mercer Island • Mill Creek • Millwood • Mukilteo • Oak Harbor • Puyallup • Redmond • Renton • Sammamish • Seattle • Shoreline • University Place
  6. 6. “Youth should not only be trained to live in a democracy when they grow up; they should have the chance to live in one today." – Alfie Kohn

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