Young people who have the opportunity to get involved develop participation skills, knowledge, and experience. This helps them to:
“I loved the sense of pride I gained from helping facilitate large-scale projects, giving back to the community and working with children.” (Claire Piccinin, Youth Leader, Girls on the Move)
“Adults can let youth know what opportunities are available to youth, support their efforts and let them know they are there to help and to listen.” (Youth Participant, Bedford World Café, 2005)
Check out HRM’s online Youth Tool Kit. Visit: www.halifax.ca/recreation/YouthEngagementToolkit.html
The Tool Kit, a joint initiative with HeartWood, Centre for Community Youth Development, is full of ideas to support adults and organizations in youth engagement. If your organization is looking for a presentation on the Tool Kit, call your local community centre listed on our website: http://www.halifax.ca/recreation/index.html
The Regional Youth Advisory Committee
The Regional Youth Advisory Committee consists of 12 youth from each Community Council district in HRM. If you want youth input on any of your events, programs and other projects, please e-mail them at email@example.com or call 490-5451.
Another great way to reach youth and let them know you want their participation in and/or input at your next event or meeting is to "Sumbit Your Event" online at www.hrmyouth.ca. This site is designed by youth for youth aged 13-19 years.
For more ideas and suggestions, visit www.hrmyouth.ca, call 490-5451 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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