Creating Better Cities with Children and Youth is a practical manual on how to conceptualize, structure and facilitate the participation of young people in the community development process. It is an important tool for urban planners, municipal officials, community development staff, non-governmental organizations, educators, youth-serving agencies, youth advocates, and others who are involved in the community development process. It offers inspiration to all who believe in the value of community education and empowerment as a fundamental building block of a vibrant and resilient civil society, and those who feel concern for young people and the quality of their lives. The manual's core ideas and methods have been field-tested in a wide range of urban settings in both developing and industrialized cities through the work of the UNESCO Growing Up in Cities project. Case studies from project sites help to demonstrate the methods in action and show how they can be customized to meet local needs. They provide lessons and insights to help ensure a successful project, and highlight the universal applicability and value of young people's participation.
'This is a comprehensive volume.' Environment and Urbanization 'Highly recommended to anyone involved with young people's projects.' The Scientific Medical Network 'A practical step-by-step manual on how to involve young people in the community development process.' Landscape Design 'This is a publication that is very well done, easily readable, attractively illustrated and should become an important tool for all who want to work with children and youth through participatory planning processes.' Habitat International 'Its child centred approach provides important insights for those involved in community developments, as well as educators, youth advocates and policy-makers.' Development Policy Review 'The book is a useful compendium of practical ideals and sensitive advice which practitioners might find helpful.' Environmental Education Research, 2003.
How to use this manual * first steps * young people's participation * organizing a project * designing the process * getting underway * participation toolkit * making change happen.