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From Participation to Engagement: A Review of Conceptual Models for Developing Youth Engagement Strategies

The purpose of this review is to identify models that describe types or methods of youth participation. This will inform the development of a youth engagement framework for bringing young people’s voices into an organization. The main knowledge area relevant to this research is children/youth participation, which is based more broadly on concepts derived from community and citizenship participation. The models reviewed in this document were gathered from scholarly articles about youth/community engagement, participation, and inclusion; youth engagement guidelines/toolkits; and youth engagement policies and practices from government and non government organizations.

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Our Kids Network

Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of organizations and agencies serving children and youth. Our Kids Network promotes healthy development, security and safety of all children, youth and families through neighbourhood collaboration, service integration and measuring results.Guided by research, the network provides leadership and a platform for planning, integrating and aligning services and supports so all children thrive. The work of Our Kids Network is focused on child development from pregnancy to 18 years and is planned on evidence-based, strategic directions. Sector leaders from education, government, health, mental health and special needs, police services and the multicultural community provide direction and planning. Participating community agencies develop and implement initiatives and programs at the neighbourhood level.