Youth Advisory Council looking to increase membership

Fort St. John City Hall. File photo.

Fort St. John’s Youth Advisory Council is looking to add a few more members to the current group of four. The Council was developed in 2010 to get a better sense of what Fort St. John’s youth would like to see within the city, and to act as a liaison between the youth of the community, and the Mayor and City Council.

Fort St. John Community Development Coordinator Danielle Armstrong said with a small group as part of the council currently, recruitment is a focus going forward.

“Recruitment is one of their major goals for this year,” she explained. “We have recruitment posters and little flyers done up. They’ve been doing presentations to different schools, and to the toastmasters. They’re trying to get the word out as much as possible. I think there’s kind of a misconception amongst the youth that they have to attend every single meeting and that’s not the case. There’s an executive just like on any committee and they’re expected to have greater attendance, but they are open meetings so any youth in the committee can join at any meeting.”

As part of the recruitment the YAC is looking to have representation from each of the middle schools in the community as well as the high school. Currently there is no representation from Bert Bowes or the Energetic Learning Campus.

The YAC meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month, and anyone between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to attend meetings and take part.

Today’s meeting will be held inside of the Council Chambers from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Among the things to be discussed will be the aforementioned recruitment as well as the planning of various summer activities. A recreation programmer will be on hand to finalize plans for summer events.