Research, resources and case stories to help ensure that participation in public engagement efforts more fully reflect the demographics of your community.
This includes information about ways to work with community partners to engage a broader cross section of the community, including youth and immigrant residents, as well as how to work more effectively with clergy and congregations.
Resources and case stories to help facilitate partnerships between local governments and community based organizations.
Many local officials report that often just a narrow slice of their community participates in public decisions. A key strategy many local agencies use is nurturing relationships with community-based organizations to reach and engage a broader cross section of residents.
Community-based organizations can offer unique and important insights into the challenges and opportunities facing residents in their area and can help local officials improve their ability to communicate and connect with a wide range of community members.
Resources and case stories to help local officials and staff develop and maintain effective youth commissions and to engage youth in the civic and public life of their communities.
See the Best Practices and Resources section below for a roster of youth commissions, a set of briefing papers to guide youth commission activities, various publications to help guide youth commission development, sample youth commission charter and examples of youth master plans.
See the California Stories section below for stories of youth commissions and other youth engagement activities and accomplishments. See the Stories from Beyond California section for outstanding stories of youth commissions and engagement outside of California.
Also see pods at right to link directly to the roster of California youth commissions and to the set of present Youth Commission Briefing Papers.