What is youth engagement?

"Youth engagement is about empowering all young people as valuable partners in addressing and making decisions about issues that affect them personally and/or that they believe to be important."

—The New Mentality


READY...SET...ENGAGE! is a resource created in 2007 as part of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health and Children's Mental Health Ontario's (CMHO) joint youth engagement initiative - The New Mentality.

It was created to provide mental health professionals who work with children and youth with background knowledge about effective practices for youth engagement. Much of the theory and model of youth engagement presented in the Centre's toolkit has its foundations in the philosophy and approach outlined within this guide. Download a PDF copy of READY...SET...ENGAGE.