The Youth Council is designed to connect youth ages 15 - 18 with other youth and their social and civic communities. Working with Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), the Youth Council supports youth-led community events and programs, and volunteer groups. The council also functions to provide a youth perspective to the Town of Canmore, to community groups, and to organizations when they seek a broad range of voices and perspectives in decision-making processes.
Who gets to be part of the Youth Council?
The council is made up of 8 - 12 individuals, ranging in ages from 15 - 18-years-old. The council is inclusive and made accessible to all youth, including those who may be marginalized such as English as a second language learners, new Canadians, LGBTQ2+, and youth who may not be enrolled in a private or public school.
Those interested in joining the Youth Council are asked to complete an application and to go through an interview process to ensure a balance and breadth of membership.
Who leads the Youth Council?
The council is primarily youth-driven to allow members the opportunity to develop autonomy and to expand on leadership- and decision-making skills. To support youth leadership, an adult advisor from FCSS sets the guidelines and expectations for the council, and guides members in skill development and healthy civic engagement, while simultaneously acting as a liaison between the community and youth.
Members of the council will discuss and determine the official structure of their meetings, as well as determining meeting frequency, locations, times, and agendas.
Community agencies, Town of Canmore departments, and local businesses are encouraged to engage with the council as an ally, partner, mentor, and/or advisor.
What are the Expectations of Those Involved with the Youth Council?
Of the Youth Council:
- To participate and remain engaged in the Youth Council
- To thoughtfully and professionally share feedback, ideas, and opinions when consulted
- To understand that the Town of Canmore, organizations, businesses, and community partners are not obligated, although encouraged, to connect with the Youth Council, and that the youth council is not part of a formal engagement process
- To actively participate in community events, partnerships, and initiatives
- To volunteer and contribute to the overall success of the community
- To support youth with creating and hosting community events
- To discuss with youth current community events and share opportunities to appropriately engage
- To support youth with connecting with community in meaningful and respectful ways
Of Community Organizations/business/groups who chose to connect with the Youth Council:
- To engage the Youth Council in meaningful ways
- To respectfully hear and consider Youth Council’s perspectives
- To provide additional context, if needed, to support youth with developing a robust understanding of the organization