youth participation

Youth participation addresses the ability of children and youth to actively participate in community, local, and national institutions, and to encourage youth to tackle social, cultural, and economic barriers to civic and democratic participation. Effective civic participation of youth strengthens institutions and empowers youth to be leaders within their communities.

The following is a statement from the United Nations.

"Participation is a fundamental right.  It is one of the guiding principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that has been reiterated in many other Conventions and Declarations.  Through active participation, young people are empowered to play a vital role in their own development as well as in that of their communities, helping them to learn vital life-skills, develop knowledge on human rights and citizenship and to promote positive civic action.  To participate effectively, young people must be given the proper tools, such as education about and access to their civil rights."

The Boys and Girls Club of Goshen works hard to make sure that youth within the community are welcomed to participate in community activities.  Many of the club members are part of the fundraising efforts for the Club.  It has been said that kids within the community treat the Club as sacred ground, and because they care so much about the place, they work hard to keep it running well.