Youth and young adults (13-24 years) in Richmond represent a culturally, linguistically, socially and developmentally diverse and unique group of individuals. Through the Planning and Development division, the City ensures that the needs and priorities of youth and young adults are considered and addressed in various aspects of the City’s growth and development. This work is guided by the City of Richmond Youth Strategy 2022-2032, which uses the 40 Developmental Assets as a framework to develop priorities and actions. These assets have a tremendous influence on young people’s lives and choices.
Youth planning includes developing and implementing policies and programs that align with the vision, strategic priorities and actions identified in the Youth Strategy. The City also considers youth needs in areas such as land use planning, facility design, active transportation options, economic development and overall resource allocation.
In order to best support youth and families, it is essential to engage youth and ensure their opinions and perspectives inform the plans, programs and services that are important to them and impact their lives. In addition, the City is committed to taking a leadership role in collaborating and partnering with other levels of government, youth-serving organizations and the community to promote the positive development and well-being of youth in Richmond.
On July 24, 2023, City Council adopted the new Youth Strategy 2022–2032 to provide the City and those working with youth with a framework to support the unique needs of Richmond youth and young adults. It also provides the City with a strategic approach to making decisions about youth-related matters.
The Youth Strategy identifies a vision that all youth are safe, valued, respected and have the supports, opportunities and resources to live rich and fulfilling lives.
Building on the progress of previous plans and strategies that have guided the City and community partners in supporting youth, the Youth Strategy identifies five strategic priorities and 36 actions to achieve its vision for youth and the community. The strategic priorities and actions were created in response to the themes identified from extensive community consultation and best practices research, and support previous and ongoing work by the City to achieve the best outcomes for youth.
Regular progress reports will be completed to highlight ongoing progress in the Strategy’s implementation.
Information on the 2015-2020 Youth Service Plan: Where Youth Thrive can be found in each of the annual updates.
The City of Richmond offers a number of youth initiatives throughout the year. These activities support Richmond youth by creating engagement opportunities, recognizing and rewarding youth achievements, and celebrating youth and the value they bring to the community.
Youth Resources are available throughout the City to support youth, caregivers and/or adults who support youth in the Richmond community.
Visit Program Registration to browse and register online for scheduled programs currently being offered City-wide.
Contact: Grace Tiu, Program Lead, Youth
Community Social Development
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