Youth In Office 2018

For several years Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada have worked together to bring young people from across the country to Parliament Hill to meet their elected officials and engage with politics.

We are excited to say that the fifth edition of YOUth in Office is a bit different.

Both BBBS and BGCC have national youth councils made up of young people who are engaged and eager to learn about the issues that affect them most. This year, we decided to give these youth the opportunity to really engage with decision-makers and ask the questions that weigh heavily in their lives.

Youth representatives will form two mock parliamentary committees. With twelve members and a chair, each committee will study their own issue—the first will focus on youth employment, the second on youth mental health.

Youth Employment and Mental Health

These are the two main areas of concern voiced by our youth and we hope that they will come away with an idea of what is being done and what could be done.

Our committees are set to take place on October 30 on Parliament Hill. Once we have confirmation of attendance, we will set up an agenda for the day that works for all attendees. Committee appearances will be limitedto 30 minutes and each youth committee will have a chair leading the discussion. Questions will not be provided in advance, as they are being developed by our youth when they come together in Ottawa on October 29.

We are inviting department officials, MPs, Ministers and Senators to appear as witnesses for our committees.