The role of young people as independent actors in their own right, able to define and become architects of their future has changed over the years. In thinking this through, we look back and reflect on how the concept of youth participation has evolved since the student led protest movements of the 1960s. Much has changed. In a series of 5 short blogs Jez Hall looks at emerging democratic trends and innovations.
The blogs were written for the PB Youth Accelerator project, in which SFCIC are collaborating. They first appeared on the Youth PB website in March and April 2021. The first blog in the series introduces the topic, considers the role played by family and school, the two foundational institutions in the lives of young people, and reflects on different models of learning.
1: New directions: Evolutions in youth participation
The second blog looks at how youth work has evolved, with a growing emphasis on power and agency.
2: New directions: Informal Education and Youth Work
In the third blog in the series the focus moves to young people taking action themselves, such as in the school strikes for climate.
3: New directions: Democracy: A dangerous tool in the hands of young people?
The fourth considers a range of democratic innovations, from Hackathons to Legislative Theatre or Sortition. Offering new ways to engage in a more formal way.
4: New directions: Innovative models of youth engagement in Europe and beyond
In the final article the attention is drawn back to the role of participatory budgeting, and in particular how to bring greater impact to youth participation through combining different approaches. Impact, in this case, meaning types of participation and learning that lead to lasting change, to the benefit of young people and wider society.
5: New directions: How can we accelerate youth participation through participatory budgeting?
Find out more about the Youth PB Accelerator project
The main aim of the project ‘Youth PB Accelerator’ project is to increase the social commitment and empowerment of young people through providing tools and ready-made solutions that help create more effective support for youth engagement into joint decision-making about issues concerning a school or local community.