Applications open for youth council

Following the success of last year’s Constituency Youth Council, I’m excited to announce the CYC 2017/2018 applications are now open!
If you are aged 16-25 and would like to get involved, visit my website and fill out the online application before Sept. 30.
The purpose of this youth advisory council is to allow Canadian youth the chance to discuss key issues, such as employment and education, building stronger communities, as well as the environment and innovation, with their member of Parliament.
Participants will meet every one-two months to discuss what matters most to them. During this time, they will work to organize community-based projects to help improve our communities.
Students selected for this program will be a part of a committee with other youth from across their region, and take part in a one-year program where they are able to speak about and debate a variety of issues and topics.
Each student is chosen to represent their school or community association.
Once selected, the council will meet several times throughout the year to discuss important issues that matter to them, our community, and our country.
Following the example of our prime minister and minister of youth, Justin Trudeau, the feedback gathered in our discussions will be used to understand the perspective of youth in the decisions the government makes.
Through the past Constituency Youth Council, we have found it is an incredible opportunity for both the elected official as well as the youths as it provides a new perspective for all involved.
The youths who are chosen will gain valuable leadership skills, have their voices heard, and earn volunteer hours. Each member also will earn a certificate at the end of the council.
The length of the council’s term is a full school year, spanning September, 2017 to June, 2018.
Investing in opportunities for youth is part of our government’s plan to support young Canadians, and I am very excited to have a chance to hear from our riding’s youths about the issues that matter to them.
I look forward to working with the youth council to make Thunder Bay-Rainy River a more inclusive and positive community.

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