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We need to start making change with young people, instead of making change for them. 

Creating better outcomes and more equity for children and youth in Canada is a complex problem that requires us to use a new set of tools.

What is the Youth-Centred Design Toolkit?

The Youth-Centred Design Toolkit provides tools and techniques for child and youth-focused organizations to include children and youth in the development of policies, programs and other actions that meet their needs and support their rights.

The problem with policies in Canada

Some of the tools we’ve been using to create policies and programs for kids are outdated and insufficient in our complex world. It’s clear from Canada's outcomes, including persistent child poverty, bullying and wide gaps in child health.

Working with young people, child and youth-focused organizations and other stakeholders across Canada, we created the Youth-Centred Design Toolkit. It’s a resource that builds the capacity of organizations to engage children and youth in meaningful ways, and build creative solutions with them.

Youth-Centred Design Process

Start with available evidence and the lived experience and expertise of children and youth

Define opportunities to make change by working with young people to understand what they need

Generate ideas together

Create and test solutions together

Why include children and youth in your organization?

Children and youth are experts in their own lives, and they have a right to participate in decisions that affect them. By including young people in the design process, we can create solutions with more meaningful and impactful outcomes for children and youth. When we include diverse young people as colleagues, we help them exercise their rights and their capacity to create authentic solutions that make their lives better.

Help us improve the toolkit

We’re looking for feedback from organizations that use the toolkit to help us improve the tools and instructions.

Connect with us if you have feedback about the toolkit.