Local Youth Councils

Local Youth Councils

Youth should be involved in political decision-making, but it’s not always obvious how to make sure that happens. One promising practice for engaging young people – the creation of youth councils or advisory groups – is attracting new interest from political leaders in Canada. Constituency youth councils are generally organized by the local office of an elected representative, and provide a non-partisan forum for local youth (both under 18 and over) to meet with their elected leaders and discuss political issues.

But how do such youth councils work, exactly? How are they set up? What impact do they have? In order to answer these questions, Samara spoke with Members of Parliament, constituency office staff, and youth council members to shed light on how to run a successful youth council.

The Guide

This guide, along with a more detailed report below, encourages elected representatives and their staff at all levels of government to consider of the best ways to start their own council. For those who've already started one, we hope these insights will invigorate your methods of fostering democratic involvement in youth.

The Report

Want to read more about who was consulted for this project, or how youth councils have formed, the variety of ways they can be run, and their impacts? Click the link below to download the full report.



This initiative was made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Canadian community foundations, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.