YouthScore is both an engagement tool and a metric to evaluate streets, places and neighbourhoods based on their youth friendliness. The tool uses quantitative and qualitative methods to assess criteria that youth identify as important features of safe, welcoming, sustainable, and enjoyable city places. It was developed for youth by youth based on principles of youth participation & co-creation of solutions for better urban planning outcomes.
Why create a youth score?
Youth are an important segment of urban populations but are underrepresented in decision-making processes in the city. The purpose of the YouthScore is to identify youth priorities and perspectives in evaluating urban places. Using the tool also builds valuable problem-solving and data collection, analysis, and visualization skills.
Using the youth score
The YouthScore index grows with continued use. Youth develop and add to the variables and weights of the YouthScore by completing a pre-survey. Then, using the YouthScore on-site survey tool, they can evaluate the youth-friendliness of a place or street. Youth present their data and create design solutions to raise the YouthScore of their place or street.