The City of Richmond’s new Youth Strategy is currently being developed. Since 2015, the City has shifted and adjusted how youth services are delivered according to current community context. As a result, the previous 2015-2020 Youth Service Plan will be replaced with the new 10-Year Youth Strategy (2021-2031). This Strategy will provide the City and those working with youth with an important framework to support and meet the unique needs of youth and young adults aged 13-24 in Richmond.
The development of the Strategy includes a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, key stakeholder engagement, development of draft strategy, and broad public engagement. The draft Strategy and public engagement plan will go to Council late 2021 or early 2022.
Youth Service Plan
In March 2015, City Council endorsed the updated Community Services Youth Service Plan. The
2015-2020 Youth Service Plan: Where Youth Thrive, builds on the previous plan prepared in 2008. This plan identifies priority program and service areas for Richmond youth, and provides the City with a strategic approach to making decisions about youth-related matters. It is intended to be a guiding framework to support the development and implementation of youth programs and services.
The Youth Service Plan consists of three goals and nine themes. For each Theme, concrete Actions are suggested along with associated Outcomes, City Roles and Timelines.
- Goal 1: Building Youth Assets Through Engagement & Partnerships
Theme 1: Youth Asset Development
Theme 2: Youth Engagement, Leadership & Empowerment
Theme 3: Collaboration with Community Partners
- Goal 2: Expanding Opportunities for Youth
Theme 4: Youth Program Development and Delivery
Theme 5: Bridging Services for Vulnerable Youth
Theme 6: Safe & Social Spaces for Youth
- Goal 3: Improving Quality of Youth Services
Theme 7: Moving Towards Standards
Theme 8: Marketing & Communication
Theme 9: Tracking the Progress & Reporting to Community