Why Engage Youth in Policymaking?
Youth provide adults with ideas and perspectives that otherwise might not be considered. Public policies – particularly those affecting teens – become stronger and more on-target when youth are consulted. Whether considering local ordinances, the implementation of government programs, or other community priorities, youth bring different insights and viewpoints to the table. Thus, policymaking becomes stronger and more reflective of community needs. Bottom line: Policies or community plans should never be set without consulting the populations affected – including youth.