Maple Ridge City Council unanimously endorsed the Maple Ridge Youth Strategy last month, acknowledging that it does “take a village” to ensure local youth have the best environment to grow and thrive in.
One local councillor lauded the plan stating that, “just when I thought the draft version couldn’t get any better, the final is that much better.”
As one of the fastest growing municipalities in the region, Maple Ridge has a high proportion of youth. To help support their positive development in today’s challenging world, the City hired MODUS Planning, Design & Engagement to develop a Youth Strategy and Youth Development Wheel.
This highly collaborative process involved over 1,000 local youth, emerging adults, parents/caregivers, and service providers through a series of surveys, interviews, workshops, focus groups, and Youth and Adult working groups.
This input, along with best practice research on youth development, were used to develop a set of recommendations to support youth/young adults; improve working partnerships between youth, caregivers and service providers; and create pathways to ensure that youth are seen as partners in their own future.
You can read the Maple Ridge Youth Strategy here.