Youth Engagement

Youth engagement matters in a healthy democracy because the repercussions from decisions made today are theirs to live with and resolve; because youth perspective is valuable and improves decisions; and because democratic engagement is a habit best formed early.

One of AMO’s priorities is to encourage more young people to get involved in municipal government and run for municipal council. 


AMO Youth Fellowship Program

A centerpiece of AMO’s approach to youth engagement is AMO’s Youth Fellowship Program. This work-integrated learning opportunity provides three young people from across Ontario who are interested in municipal politics, with an opportunity to connect with Ontario’s most influential municipal advocacy organization. 

Participants will engage with AMO’s governing Board of Directors, receive mentorship from an AMO Board member, have firsthand insight into the critical municipal issues of the day and the policy development process that supports Ontario’s municipalities. AMO Youth Fellows will also have front row seats as AMO engages important advocacy mechanisms and approaches in supporting their membership.  

The 2024 Youth Fellows application period is now open. A Youth Fellowship program information session is being offered on Tuesday, October 24 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The deadline for applications is Monday, November 14 at 10 p.m. Please find all the information you need to apply on this information sheet.


Meet AMO's 2023 Youth Fellows
Meet AMO's 2022 Youth Fellows
AMO 2020 Youth Fellows Podcasts Series


Youth-focused Resources, Articles and Organizations:

The following list includes a variety of organizations, programs, and thought-provoking articles and research related to youth engagement, civic readiness, and participation in local municipal decision-making. 

Youth-focused research and articles: