Youth Engagement Resources

Meaningful youth engagement involves recognizing and nurturing the strengths, interests, and abilities of young people through the provision of real opportunities to become involved in decisions that affect them at individual and systemic levels. These resources come from our youth engagement projects, and are available to help to support youth participation in programs and decision making. Each of the projects included youth involvement in varying capacities, either in consultation in designing the project, youth staff employed, and/or youth producing the final results.

Facilitation videos: Icebreakers & Energizers videos

In response to requests from adult allies, our Youth Advisory & Action Council (YAC) made a series of short films demonstrating different icebreaker and energizer activities. The videos are available on McCreary's YouTube channel

Asking Questions That Matter

This toolkit was devised for the use of Yukon service providers who want to incorporate evaluation into their work with young people. It is the result of two workshops facilitated by McCreary. This toolkit aims to increase understanding of evaluation, to support the development of skills to prepare an evaluation plan, and to provide tools to carry out an evaluation of a local community project. The toolkit can be downloaded here.

Supporting Youth in Our Communities

This manual was created for use in Yukon by adults who want to become better allies to the youth in their community. It was funded by Yukon Government Health and Social Services, Health Promotion Department and was created as a result of two adult ally training workshops held in Whitehorse. The manual can be downloaded here.

Remote Communities Close Connections

This preliminary report profiles data from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study (HBSC) and the BC Adolescent Health Survey. It highlights how the data can be used to engage youth from rural and remote communities in the results and generate plans to improve youth health outcomes. Please click here to download a copy of the report.

A Seat at the Table: A Review of Youth Engagement in Vancouver

This report focuses on youth engagement in civic and community decision-making. It includes a literature review and offers different examples of involving young people in decision-making processes in Vancouver, from the perspectives of youth, service providers and funders. The report aims to offer a better understanding of the continuum of youth engagement that exists and to show the different ways that youth can be involved in decisions that affect their lives. Based on the evidence presented, the report concludes with some suggestions and check-lists for successfully engaging young people. Please click here to download a copy of the report.

AHS IV Next Steps Toolkit

The Next Steps toolkit is a step-by-step guide to help you facilitate your own youth health workshop based on McCreary’s Next Steps Workshop Series. It contains everything that you need to facilitate a workshop in one class period, and can be tailored to reflect your community. To download the toolkit, please click here. For an accompanying PowerPoint presentation, please click here.You may also be interested in our toolkit created following AHS III, which can be downloaded here.

You can read more about McCreary's Next Steps Workshops on our Next Steps page.

YACLink: Tips and tricks for staring a Youth Advisory Council

YAC-Link is a resource for anyone who is interested in organizing a Youth Advisory Council (YAC). YAC-Link is a partnership between 3 YACs that pooled resources and expertise to develop a resource to help others start and sustain a Youth Advisory Council. The information and ideas in the YAC Link resource came from interviews and workshops with current and past YAC members. The resource includes useful history, information and best practices gathered from all three YACs. To download the YACLink Toolkit, please click here.

It's a Girl Thang!: A Manual on Creating Girls' Groups

This manual presents an innovative girls' group program model. The model provides a framework for creating space to explore a wide range of issues that impact the daily lives of at-risk and marginalized females aged 12-19, as well as for building life skills. To download a copy of the manual, please click here.

From the Inside Out Toolkit: A Guide for Early Adolescent Workshops

Early adolescence is a critical stage of transition characterized by rapid physical and emotional changes. Connectedness to family and school often declines during this stage, while connections to peer groups strengthen. McCreary underwent a project of early intervention and resiliency building with youth between 10 and 14 years of age in three economically disadvantaged communities in BC. This toolkit has information about our community project, its successes and challenges, with ideas and tips on how to implement a similar project. To download a copy of the toolkit, please click here.