Last October, PFY hosted the second ever Youth Engagement Summit in NB. The event included participation from 27 schools and over 250 people from throughout the province. Over the course of the day, youth participants met in a variety of discussion formats to talk about their communities. They were asked a number of questions and guided through a series of engagement activities, all with the goal of generating as much information as possible from New Brunswick youth.
The summit was organized in large part by a leadership group made up of youth from other PFY programs. This group was responsible for shaping the day into something that would be attractive and interesting for youth participants. In the end, the group found remarkable success. Surveys provided to participants near the end of the day were overwhelming favourable, with many youth noting they would like to be involved in these types of events on a more regular basis. The day began with an address from Minister Cathy Rogers and was capped by words from Premier Brian Gallant.
We are currently hard at work to finalize a report on the summit. This report will outline what types of topics were most common, as well as provide substantial statistics and other details. In the meantime, we want to thank everyone who helped make the summit such a great event.