Youth members have always been involved in some capacity with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) as representatives of their Clubs and the voice of their generation.
The BGCC National Youth Council (NYC) is committed to providing representation for Boys and Girls Club youth, reflecting issues and goals from across the country, and ensuring youth input into national initiatives and activities. The NYC has been in existence for over 10 years and has enabled BGCC youth to plan and lead a national youth forum every two years.
National Youth Council members serve as ambassadors and role models for other children and youth throughout the organization and positively influence decision-making on issues related to young people. All NYC members receive training on their specific areas of interest, engage with a variety of adult experts and participate in the National Youth Forum.
The NYC worked together to write a letter of support to the youth of Attawapiskat First Nation.
Introducing the 2016 - 2017 National Youth Council
NEW NYC MEMBERS
Boys and Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria (British Columbia)
Club member for 8 years
Looking forward to having a say on things that she cares about in her community and in Canada, and planning the 2017 National Youth Forum
"It’s important to me to make a difference in my community and work to get more youth programs happening in Canada.”
Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC (British Columbia)
Club member for 10 years
Looking forward to travelling across the country for events and having his voice heard on youth issues
“I'm looking forward to meeting so many new people, building long lasting friendships, and making a difference in Canada for youth!”
Boys and Girls Club of Dawson Community Centre (Quebec)
Club member for 12 years
Looking forward to meeting new people, planning the conference and implementing change in his community
“I’m excited to learn new skills and be a role model—it will be a great learning experience.”
Boys and Girls Club of Saint John (New Brunswick)
Club member for 3 years
Looking forward to meeting new people and gaining new experiences
“I’d like to help individuals from different places through my work with Boys and Girls Clubs.”
RETURNING NYC MEMBERS
Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester (Nova Scotia)
Club member for 5 years
Thankful that being a part of the NYC gave her the opportunity to participate in YOUth in Office
Looking forward to building new relationships from coast to coast!
“Being a part of the National Youth Council allowed me to connect with amazing people and see the National Youth Forum become a success.”
Boys and Girls Club of Summerside (Prince Edward Island)
Club member for 4 years
Being a member of the NYC allowed her to work with amazing youth from across Canada and be a voice for Club youth on a national level
Looking forward to continuing the great work of the NYC and putting on the Youth Forum in 2017
“My favourite experience from my first term on the NYC was watching the Council members become like family while planning the National Youth Forum.”
Botwood Boys and Girls Club (Newfoundland & Labrador)
Club member for 6 years
Loves being a part of the NYC because you learn to become a leader and you learn a lot about yourself
Looking forward to connecting with returning and new members to plan the next Forum!
“I was amazed by how close everyone became during and after the last conference. We were like a family, and I think that fit well with the theme of inclusion.”
For more information about the National Youth Council, please contact Vivian Trumblay.
For more information about the Provincial Youth Councils, please contact your Regional Director.
Find out more about last year's National Youth Forum
and stay tuned for more information on next year's Forum!