Saint-la­zare teens as­ked to help spend $10,000

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As one of her first of­fi­cial du­ties as the in­ter­im mayor of Saint-la­zare, Bri­gitte As­se­lin chal­len­ged the town's young people to help de­cide the best way to spend $10,000 in mu­ni­ci­pal funds.

The of­fer, made last week du­ring a press confe­rence held at a youth club­house si­tua­ted at Parc Bé­dard, was part of a part­ner­ship the Town has with Youth Fo­rum Val­lée-du-haut-saintLaurent.

And next wee­kend all Saint-la­zare teens aged 12 to 18 are in­vi­ted to at­tend a brains­tor­ming ses­sion where par­ti­ci­pants will be as­ked to share their thoughts and ideas about the best way to spend the mo­ney, as well as their thoughts on the fu­ture of Saint-la­zare.

As­se­lin and dis­trict 4 coun­cil­lor Mi­chel Lam­bert will at­tend the mee­ting.

The event, which will in­clude pop­corn and a free meal for par­ti­ci­pants, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sa­tur­day, April 28 at the Com­mu­ni­ty Centre, lo­ca­ted at 1301, Rue du Bois in SaintLa­zare.

As­se­lin said the move is a nod to the town's ran­king as ha­ving the se­cond youn­gest po­pu­la­tion in Quebec

"We're tal­king close to 6,000 young­sters out of 19,119 re­si­dents," As­se­lin no­ted, ad­ding since youths in town are such a big part of the po­pu­la­tion, the mu­ni­ci­pal coun­cil wan­ted to give teens" a pro­cess that will al­low them to ex­press their opi­nions.

"By al­lo­wing par­ti­ci­pants to de­cide how to spend a $10,000 bud­ge­ta­ry en­ve­lope, coun­cil wants to show the se­rious­ness of their com­mit­ment to the fo­rum and its youth," As­se­lin said.

And while the fo­rum will put the kids in "the centre of the ac­tion," it will al­so give them a taste of the de­mo­cra­tic pro­cess.

Saying teens of­ten com­plain about being bo­red, with lit­tle to do, As­se­lin fur­ther chal­len­ged pa­rents to en­cou­rage their kids to par­ti­ci­pate in the pro­cess.

"It's the per­fect op­por­tu­ni­ty for all Saint-la­zare pa­rents to tell their teens it is time to make a dif­fe­rence," she said.

In ad­di­tion to the free meal, sure to be a hit with the young tar­get au­dience, the Town will al­so give a free pair of ear buds to the first 75 par­ti­ci­pants, while en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vi­ded by Cirque du So­leil ar­tist Pierre Sau­vé, who is known for his co­me­dy work­shops.

As­se­lin clo­sed by than­king Youth Fo­rum Val­lée-du-haut-saint-laurent for its sup­port, use­ful tips and a fi­nan­cial contri­bu­tion of $1,000.

Re­gio­nal youth or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clu­ding Club Op­ti­miste, Club Ri­che­lieu and Club Oc­to­gone were al­so sin­gled out for their conti­nued sup­port.

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