Ed­son Youth Coun­cil

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Youth in Ed­son will soon have a larger voice at the ta­ble. Ed­son Town Coun­cil has adopted the Youth Coun­cil Pol­icy, out­lin­ing the cre­ation and op­er­a­tion of the new group. The Youth Coun­cil will be a di­rect link to Town Coun­cil for in­put into mu­nic­i­pal pro­cesses and to re­port on var­i­ous com­mu­nity is­sues per­tain­ing to youth.

Ed­son Mayor Kevin Za­hara says it’s a huge step for­ward. “Our Coun­cil is ded­i­cated to en­gag­ing our pub­lic, and the Youth Coun­cil will al­low us to hear di­rectly from the young res­i­dents of our com­mu­nity. We want to hear what is af­fect­ing them, what di­rec­tion they would like to see the Town move on cer­tain is­sues, and make them a part of the process.”

The Ed­son Youth Coun­cil will con­sist of up to 12 youth and will work closely with the Mayor, two Town Coun­cil­lors, and have ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port from a Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­na­tor. The ap­pli­cants must be be­tween 13 and 18 years old, and ei­ther at­tend school in Ed­son, or live in Ed­son. Yel­low­head County res­i­dents who at­tend school in Ed­son are el­i­gi­ble. We’re look­ing for a di­verse group to help bring a broad per­spec­tive to the ta­ble.

Mem­bers of Youth Coun­cil will be re­quired to at­tend monthly meet­ings, rep­re­sent youth per­spec­tives on is­sues at these meet­ings, vol­un­teer at com­mu­nity events, and work with Town Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives to ad­dress youth needs in the com­mu­nity.

Ben­e­fits in­clude a $500 bur­sary to­wards post-se­condary ed­u­ca­tion for ev­ery year of par­tic­i­pa­tion, the op­por­tu­nity to learn about Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, and to make an im­pact in the com­mu­nity.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to down­load the ap­pli­ca­tion forms, go to www. ed­son.ca/youth­coun­cil. Ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is De­cem­ber 18, 2018 at 4 p.m.

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