After a successful and fulfilling 2016/17 year, the Vancouver Quadra Constituency Youth Council (CYC) is gearing up for their second year. Under the leadership of MP Joyce Murray, the Vancouver Quadra CYC consisted of 13 high school students who met monthly to discuss public policy issues and organize a community event titled the Great Debate.
The Great Debate took place in April at Kitsilano Neighborhood House. Members of the Vancouver Quadra CYC took on lawyers, professors, elected officials, and a former Canadian Ambassador—debating four public policy issues. The youth demonstrated maturity and insight while entertaining the audience with their clever remarks and strong arguments. Members of the CYC built relationships with local businesses and leaders while organizing the Great Debate and hope to continue making connections during the next term.
Spearheaded by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the CYC initiative has connected MPs across Canada with youth in their ridings. This opportunity provides youth with a chance to strengthen their leadership skills and make connections with government officials. In turn, MPs learn important insight into the issues that the current generations of youth face. The feedback gathered during the discussions is used when creating government legislation and when making big choices for the future.
We are now recruiting Quadra youth in grades 9-12 (starting in September) to join us for our second year which will be exciting and productive. If this interests you or someone in your family or network, click the link below to apply.
The Youth Council’s term will span from early Fall 2017 to Summer 2018.
*Applications for this year’s council are now closed.
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