Youth – engaged 4 change – 2 shape PR – Call Out

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You must be the change you wish to see in the world, and that includes our youth.

To hear what young people have to say about what they envision for Powell River in the future, City of Powell River Councillors are revamping the Youth Council.

“We are hoping area residents between the ages of 13 and 23 will sign up,” said Councillor CaroleAnn Leishman, one of three councillors advocating for a more active, visible Youth Council.

“The Youth Council had its first incarnation when members of Council and city staff began organizing meetings with Brooks Secondary students in 2014,” Councillor Leishman said. “Members attended Committee of the Whole meetings, and made a number of presentations. Through their activities, youth participated in the development of the City’s Skateboards, In-Line Skates and Scooters Bylaw, and development of the new Skate Park.”

Issues youth are passionate about go beyond skateboarding, though. Along with Councillor Leishman, Councillor Russell Brewer and Councillor Jim Palm are spearheading the selection of a new group. “By broadening the age range, we hope to involve students who have moved beyond school life into young adulthood,” Councillor Leishman said.  “The City values youth of all ages and backgrounds, and wants to be sure they have the chance to shape what Powell River will become.”

The Youth Council will be appointed for a one-year term, running from February to January each year. The group will meet with supporting Councillors monthly. They will develop a plan for identifying issues important to area youth, polling opinions and gathering different perspectives, and then present them to Council, providing options for how to make things better. “These volunteers will learn about formal meeting processes, participatory decision-making, and the nuts and bolts of municipal government,” Councillor Leishman said.

The first step, for those interested, is to complete an application form available online. The selection committee will review the applications and arrange interviews before making their final decision.  “The goal is to bring together a group diverse in age, neighbourhood, interests and experience,” Councillor Leishman said. While most members will likely be selected from within the City limits, residents of the Regional District and Sliammon are also encouraged to apply.

Interested, or know someone who would be great at this? Complete the application at http://powellriver.ca/content/youth-council-questionnaire by February 12. You’ll be contacted soon after.

For more information, contact: Councillor CaroleAnn Leishman at City Hall (604) 485-8601  cleishman@cdpr.bc.ca

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