Written for communities hoping to increase youth participation in the planning process, this toolkit provides practical methods and examples of how asset mapping can be used in the field of community planning.
The MAPPED Toolkit, written specifically for the city of Vancouver, is a resource for adults hoping to engage youth in community planning. Outlining the myriad benefits of including young people in the participatory process, this toolkit includes both practical ideas and examples of communities that successfully engaged youth. Using asset mapping as a tool, communities can work with youth to identify their town’s unique character and the values that are important to their inhabitants.
The Toolkit first outlines three workshops that focus on asset mapping: an introduction to the mapping process, training youth to facilitate mapping, and using photos to represent a community and envision the future. The second section of MAPPED describes how these maps can be transformed into guides that provide youth with a tangible outcome and concrete descriptions of the town’s assets. Using Vernon, Victoria, and Mount Pleasant British Columbia, the Tooklit’s third section chronicles case studies where communities have successfuly used asset mapping and other engagement tools to increase youth participation. Finally, MAPPED ends with a section of lessons and resources compiled from various asset mapping projects.
“The overall purpose of the toolkit is to show how mapping can be a valuable entry point for engaging youth in many different planning contexts, and contribute to better planned and more sustainable communities.”