Civic Youth Strategy
West Vancouver's award winning Civic Youth Strategy was created in 2002 to give the youth of our community a chance to directly affect the decisions that matter to them the most, and to give them a voice within the community and civic government.
The main goals of the Civic Youth Strategy are:
- Give youth a stronger voice in local government;
- Create a broader vision for youth recreation;
- Improve the image of youth in the community;
- Use civic resources for youth development;
- Bring a youth perspective to civic policy development and planning
The Civic Youth Strategy is not a project but an ongoing process and guideline for youth, staff, Council and community partners. The Strategy is about changing the culture of municipal government, bringing about awareness of the positive contributions youth can make to their community, bringing a youth perspective to civic policy development and planning, and making municipal resources available to all youth. Achieving and maintaining these goals/vision requires a constant and persistent effort.
The Youth Services staff are guided by the strategy and strive for excellence and innovation in programs, services and initiatives for youth. They work with passion toward intentional youth development and providing opportunities for meaningful youth engagement.
Civic Youth Strategy Awards
The District of West Vancouver has shown tremendous leadership in creating the Civic Youth Strategy and received an award for Excellence for Innovation from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association in 2005. This award recognizes projects and initiatives across Canada that may be used as successful models for other communities to adopt as part of their services or facilities.