The City of Charlottetown and its youth retention advisory board – Charlottetown Youth Matters – are teaming up to give young adults an opportunity to learn more about the political process and ways to get involved.
The Board, made up of local youth volunteers, will host an event at Bar 1911 (113 Longworth Avenue) on Tuesday, February 27 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with Elections PEI and City officials. The evening will start with a short presentation by Elections PEI, followed by a Q&A on the role of Mayor and Council, understanding municipal governance, and ways to get involved.
"It's important for youth to have a real voice at the table with decision makers and the only way to ensure our voices are represented is by getting more youth involved in the political process; whether that be running for council, joining an advisory committee, or by simply becoming a more engaged citizen," said Board member Zac Murphy. "Youth need to have a better comprehension of how the political process works because having a better appreciation of the function of the municipal government will help create a more engaged youth population."
"We all benefit when youth are involved and engaged in our society, and if we don't make an effort to hear what our young people have to say and provide opportunities for them to get involved, there is little reason for them to stay," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "We want to empower our youth and present all options so they know how to get involved and can feel confident in doing so. On behalf of Council, I want to thank our youth board for putting this event together as well as thank the staff from Elections PEI for participating. I hope that the youth in our community will take advantage of this opportunity and come learn more about their municipal government."
Mayor Lee and Councillor Kevin Ramsay, Chair of the youth retention advisory board, will be at the event to answer questions about the role of Mayor and Council and what it is like to serve in those roles. Chief Administrative Officer Peter Kelly will also be available for questions about the departments in the City of Charlottetown and the types of projects staff are currently working on. Chief Electoral Officer Tim Garrity, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Stephanie Roberts and Manager of Election Operations and Communications Paul Alan will be available for questions about the upcoming municipal election and the role of Elections PEI.
"Since being established, this youth advisory board has taken feedback from the young people in our community and created opportunities and events for youth to get involved and become more engaged," said Councillor Ramsay. "It only makes sense - with the upcoming election - that we provide a platform for youth to learn more and ask questions. We hope that many are able to join us at this event on February 27. Anyone not able to attend is also welcome to contact us directly."
To stay up-to-date on the initiatives and events organized by Charlottetown Youth Matters, visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChtownYouthMatters/
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