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In 1975, the National Commission on Resources for Youth in the United States defined youth participation as: According to the Forum for Youth Investment, from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, the National Commission on Resources for Youth embarked on a national effort to expand opportunities for young people to assume active, responsible roles in their communities. ...

...Youth participation is the involving of youth in responsible, challenging action that meets genuine needs, with opportunities for planning and/or decision-making affecting others in an activity whose impact or consequence is extended to others— i.e., outside or beyond the youth participants themselves. Other desirable features of youth participation are provision for critical reflection on the participatory activity and the opportunity for group effort toward a common goal. Popular use of the word youth refers to a person who is neither an adult nor a child, but somewhere in between, scientifically referred to as an adolescent and, in the United States, commonly referred to as a teen or teenager. ... Planning is the management function that is concerned with defining goals for future organizational performance and deciding on the tasks and resources needed to be used in order to attain the said goals. ... Decision making is the cognitive process of selecting a course of action from among multiple alternatives. ...

In 1995, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) established a definition of meaningful youth participation as:

Meaningful youth participation involves recognizing and nurturing the strengths, interests, and abilities of young people through the provision of real opportunities for youth to become involved in decisions that affect them at individual and systemic levels. For Youth, the record producer and musician in the band Killing Joke, see Martin Glover. ... Systemic Relating to, or affecting a particular body system; especially the nervous system. ...

In these forms, activities may include:

All over the world, youth councils, and similar structures, have been established over the last 30-50 years. ... // Description PAR has emerged in recent years as a significant methodology for intervention, development and change within communities and groups. ...

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Youth participation itself is nothing new: the old traditions and values of many Eastern and Asian communities, and in fact in some Western as well, expected the participation of the young and the old.
However, the purposes of youth participation then was either to contribute to the economy of the family or a community; or else, to be trained to protect the community.
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