As a stage of transition when important choices must be made, these years are critical for any individual's development. It is during this point where being engaged and having access to opportunities are vitally important, so that one might have a positive impact on the community and contribute to society at large
How TIG defines youth:
The definition of youth changes based on the organization, context, and objectives for classification. For TakingITGlobal, we consider youth as young people between 15 - 30 years of age, who show some level of being globally aware and engaged as socially responsible leaders of their communities.
The Spectrum of Youth Engagement
In 2005, TakingITGlobal undertook an in-depth research study of youth engagement across Canada. This cross-Canada Mapping of Youth-Led and/or Highly Youth-Engaged Initiatives (full report here) identified a spectrum of youth engagement as outlined below:
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