For the past several years, Boys and Girls Club of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada have partnered together to bring young leaders from all across Canada to Parliament Hill to see democracy in action.
For our 5th year, we are excited to announce that YOUth in Office 2018 did things a little differently!
This year, we focused on advocacy through meaningful conversations and giving young people a chance to truly connect with decision-makers.
National youth councils from both organizations came together on Parliament Hill on October 30 to form two mock parliamentary committees. Made up of twelve members and a chair, each committee tackled the issues that concern our youth the most: youth employment and mental health. Department officials, MPs, Ministers, and Senators appeared as witnesses for both committees, including Canada’s Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Senator Nancy Hartling, Senator Jane Cordy, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth Peter Schiefke.
In preparation for the committee discussions, youth underwent a full day of training the Monday beforehand. Along with a media training and networking session, participants learned from the experiences of young Indigenous activists and the 2018-2019 Parliamentary Interns, wrapping up the event with a tour of the House of Commons.
The goal was simple: facilitate conversations that empower youth to learn more about the topics that matter to them.
Inspiration. Action. Change.
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