The activities below come from a guidebook we developed as part of the Alberta Resilient Communities project. They have been used in various workshops and projects (primarily with youth aged 15–24). They represent an incomplete, but hopefully useful sample of those activities that we have found most successful for working with youth on complex issues. These activities include, and build upon, an array of youth engagement activities used by practitioners and researchers across the globe. We are grateful to those individuals and groups who initially developed these activities and to the countless others who continue to apply these activities and tools in practice.
It is important to note that while these activities on their own are important and valuable, it is the conversations that follow these activities that yield rich insights and perspectives from young people. We strongly encourage you to engage in rich dialogues with youth following the activities to gain important insights about what worked, what was learned, what surprised them, and what could be improved and/or changed moving forward.
While the activities outlined below can be modified for use in any of the above steps, we have found that some naturally lend themselves to parts of the R-SIL process better than others. A number of activities that are suitable for trust-building, establishing norms, and getting to know participants are also included, indicated by the symbols at the top of each column in the table below.