The Vancouver Quadra Constituency Youth Council (CYC) is gearing up their third year! Last year, under the leadership of MP Joyce Murray, the Vancouver Quadra CYC consisted of 30 high school students from 10 high schools across the riding. The council met monthly to discuss public policy issues and organized a variety of community outreach events. After a successful and fulfilling 2017/18 year, they are recruiting new youth to get involved in 2018/19!
The CYC started off the year by organizing a Book Drive. They collected over 1,000 books for the Vancouver Public Library by setting up donation boxes at 10 high schools. All the book donations went towards community literacy programs run by the Vancouver Public Library. The Liberal Research Bureau in Ottawa highlighted the council’s work as being an excellent example of youth making a difference in their community.
During the holiday season, the CYC partnered with Beyond H.E.L.L.O., an organization aiming to change public perceptions of homelessness. The council decorated thirty-three holiday cards that were donated to the charity.
In January, the youth co-hosted a Policy Cafe on Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy in Canada with me. Before the Policy Cafe, members of the council discussed the topics and submitted their feedback to Minister Duclos. During the event, youth council members engaged in discussions with the broader community. All in all, the event was a success and the dialogue around innovative social programs continues through the council members.
In May, the CYC hosted a PechaKucha style policy resolution presentation for the public titled “Policy Makers & Future Shakers”. After having a taste of the policy making process with the policy café, council members researched and wrote their own policy resolution on topics ranging from food waste, to single-use plastics, to indigenous languages, to indigenous education, to youth mental health. After putting the finishing touches on the resolutions, the CYC members turned their resolutions into PechaKucha presentations (20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each). While public speaking can be intimidating, all members rose to the occasion and confidently presented their resolutions in front of over fifty community members. CBC reporter Katherine Monk emceed the event and posed tough questions to the CYC presenters. Members of the community then voted for their two favourite presentations and the food waste and single use plastic resolutions won and were forwarded to Prime Minister Trudeau.
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