Increase Participation

With declining levels of youth participation in physical and cultural forms of recreation, our priority is to offer more affordable, accessible activities. We need to ‘go to where the youth are’, increase opportunities for introductory involvement, ensure activities are age-appropriate, provide programs and spaces that are youth-friendly and respectful of differences of identity (e.g., ethnicity, gender identity, economic), while involving youth in the concretion of recreation initiatives.

Social Wellbeing

Day-to-day pressures on youth and shifting social norms have increased youth stress and anxiety. Many youth are struggling to find meaningful and rewarding ways to become involved in positive initiatives and leadership development. These reports have also challenged us to identify specific goals to expand opportunities for recreation to reduce stress and anxiety. We need to engage youth who find themselves outside the margins of current recreational offerings.

Risk and Outdoor Play

Responding to research and youth concerns, youth have been experiencing a deficit in unstructured outdoor experience along with a sense of being overprotected and “bubble-wrapped”. Youth are asking for more risk-related activity. This priority aims to change mindsets about the value of challenge, risk, failure and reward while increasing opportunities for more youth to engage in challenging indoor and outdoor activities.


We intend to work strategically to increase shared responsibility for youth recreation with School Districts 61 and 63 and other community youth-serving partners, to strengthen partnerships and increase quality youth recreation opportunities

Youth Spaces

Youth have confirmed the need to build programming and environments that respond to the unique needs and trends of their community. From this realization, we intend to reframe and expand current youth spaces with the aim of engaging a broader youth population.


Youth clearly stated they are not using our current system of communication. We intend to work with youth to align our communication methods with their preferred means of connecting with one another and their support systems. This will entail a multi-tiered, creative and responsive approach.



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  • Inclusiveness
  • Responsiveness
  • Transparency
  • Accountability


Youth Voice International (YVI), is a non-governmental and nonprofit organization, free from political, clans, religion and ethnic divisions, works with thousands of youth in urban and rural areas throughout Sri Lanka. YVI strives to create a future where youth are able to facilitate their own development. YVI works in program areas of Youth Entrepreneurship and Micro financing, promotion
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