Youth engagement and education workshops

We offer workshops to teach youth about equitable urban planning and engagement, and invite youth to participate in city-making processes.

Photo of two students presenting an image of the public space they have designed. Other students sit in rows facing the screen to watch and listen to others share their ideas.
Students share their ideas for designing a new public space.

Sometimes, the most creative ideas come from the youngest community members.

At Happy Cities, we believe no age is too young to start shaping your city. 

Our team has built up a vast range of experience working with kids and teenagers, from working with the Kids Korner after school program to paint stencils for a new greenway, to facilitating youth-led placemaking for safer streets.

In June 2022, we partnered with Insight Global Education to host a class of Grade 8 students for four days of learning focused on equitable urban planning and inclusive engagement. Over four morning sessions, the students participated in activities including an in-the-field assessment of Pandora Park and its users, and a design charette of a Port Moody public plaza—all through the lens of equitable access.

On the final day, the students put together everything they had learned to transform the Happy Cities office parking lot into a pop-up public plaza! We were impressed, to say the least.

We loved seeing the creativity of the teenagers, who shared awesome ideas including garden spaces, pedestrian skywalks, and more.

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