City of Airdrie seeks youth input for youth council

December 4, 2013 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – The City of Airdrie is creating a new youth council to advise City Council and is seeking youth input on how this might look. On December 10, 2013 local youth leaders are being invited to meet with City staff and Council members for an evening of conversation around what issues are important to them and how the City of Airdrie can engage them.

This brainstorming session will be facilitated by Andrew Phung. Phung is a graduate of the University of Calgary (Economics) and is currently the Director of Special Projects at Youth Central. His job allows him the opportunity to speak to and work with young people. Phung speaks on the topics of volunteerism, community engagement, and youth voice. Each time he presents, he looks to develop a connection with the students through honesty and humor.

Interested youth ages 13 to 18 are invited to attend the Youth Council Consultation on Tuesday, December 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 400 Main Street SE. Youth must RSVP to social.planning@airdrie.ca to secure their spot.

“The Hyjinx Youth Council was formed in 2005 with the goal to empower youth in Airdrie, to plan events for Airdrie youth, and to take part in the community by working together to deal with issues that affect youth,” says Robbie White, City of Airdrie Community Developer. “Following the approval of the Airdrie Youth Strategy by City Council in 2011, Hyjinx has moved towards becoming an advisory body to the City of Airdrie.”

The Hyjinx Youth Council is a group of expressive young Airdrie citizens ages 13 to 18 who seek to empower youth in Airdrie and act to bridge the communication gap between youth and the community. This is accomplished by providing advice to City departments and City Council on issues that affect youth and partnering with other groups, agencies, and organizations who also address youth related issues.

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Media contact:

Robbie White, Community Developer for Youth
403-948-8800, ext. 8743

 

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