We’re kicking off the second year of our Youth Engagement Initiative. This year, we’ve selected two new regions to deliver the program — Southern NB (in English) and South-eastern NB (en français).
The Leadership Group
On a regular basis starting in the fall, members of regional leadership groups are guided through a series of workshops and activities aimed at planning a youth forum for their region the following Spring. Each of these planning sessions seeks to promote leadership skills and feelings of self-efficacy in leadership participants.
The Youth Forum
The result of all the hard work put in by the regional leadership groups, the youth forums are one day conference events that invite youth and adult supporters from various fields to participate in discussions and workshops on important social topics of the day. Given the topics themselves are decided by leadership group members, they are always different based on the region and youth involved.
The bulk of our participants at the forum are between the ages of 15 and 21 years old. That said, we will also invite adult supporters and professionals whom we feel should be a part of this conversation. Space is limited however, and we will be prioritizing youth and adult supporters who are attending with youth. All youth participants must have an adult supporter with them at the forum. In the case of larger groups, one adult supporter is sufficient for a group of youth.