Create effective policy
Engaging youth early on in the policymaking process helps create policy that address the real challenges being faced on the ground and at the grassroots.
Reduce policy risks
Youth engagement and consultation helps policymakers understand potential objections and points of failure around policies before they are implemented.
Build stakeholder buy-in
Involving youth and youth organisations at the beginning and throughout creates a sense of shared ownership and encourages their participation in successfully implementing policy.
These resources are here to help you effectively navigate youth engagement. While many policymakers recognise the benefits of engaging youth, they also have important concerns or questions that they they need answered.
“Young people these days are so varied. We can’t always identify who they are or what kind of platforms we can use to reach them.”
“When we do invite young people for consultation sessions, there isn’t much of a response. They don’t seem interested.”
“The thing with a lot of youth is that they just want to complain about the government. We don’t hear what their solutions might be.”
A Message from Youth to Policymakers