What if instead of having to scrounge together resources to work on impact projects and constantly seek permission to engage, youth were given the tools, knowledge and resources to support cities and civic institutions in solving challenges, from housing to community engagement to public space activation?
What if youth understood how cities functioned, what their spheres of influence were and were able to not just dream up projects but be supported in doing so?
We’ve been hearing loud and clear that there’s appetite to get involved in CityHive’s existing and new projects. Most of all, we know that there’s appetite from young Metro Vancouverites to be a part of making our city more sustainable, inclusive, fun, affordable, engaged and overall, more awesome. We are happy to announce that we are now launching opportunities to get involved!
We have created two Youth Hubs: Civic Engagement (Education & Events) and Public Spaces. Read more about each group below, and sign up to join if you are interested in joining! Please sign up by Nov 3.
How does a city government work? How do you speak at council or participate in an engagement process? Do the current engagement processes for planning actually work?
The Civic Engagement Team aims to improve civic literacy and engagement processes by creating opportunities for civic education and for connecting young urban leaders with one another. They normalize civic engagement amongst youth through education and events. This group aims to empower a new generation of active citizens through amplifying the youth voice and giving them the skills and tools required to leverage political and non-political processes to support their cause. By facilitating dialogues, bridging existing influencers with youth causes, and educating youth on civic processes, this team advocates for youth interests in the shaping of their city. This group explores possible avenues for making change, and shares this knowledge with youth in order to lower the barrier to access and engagement in civic processes.
Potential first projects:
Fascinated by public spaces, and the role they can play in making a city more fun, connected and engaging? Have ideas on how to animate spaces in Vancouver?
The Public Spaces Hub works with partners in the city to animate and activate spaces, and is an opportunity for young people to engage in improving the public realm.
This will be an experimental lab where youth from all demographics can research and test ways of increasing youth involvement in the creation and maintenance of healthy and inclusive public spaces. In collaboration with Frida and Frank, an urban placemaking consultation agency, this Hub will ideate and execute placemaking and public space interventions that are youth friendly and/or youth-led.
The Hub will also catalyze public dialogues around youth and public space to inform policies in the youthful design of future spaces and the usage of existing spaces. The Youthful Public Spaces Hub will be the leading advocate and convener for youth in the planning, design and building of public spaces. Through partnering with groups like CityStudio, the VPSN, City of Vancouver, DVBIA, individual businesses and others, young people are given ownership over space and shape spaces that enhance community connections and change the ‘No Fun City’ narrative of Vancouver as a space void of opportunities to engage.
Potential first projects:
Each team will meet bi-weekly (ie once every other week).
The time commitment is 5-15 hours per month, depending on your interest, availability and project timelines.
Have any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch. Can’t wait to meet you!