YOUth in Office

YOUth in Office

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We were proud to match 108 youth from the Yukon to Newfoundland and Labrador with 100 Members of Parliament from across Canada in the third annual YOUth In Office event on May 30-31, 2016.

Once again we partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to give young people a one-of-a-kind hands-on experience on Parliament Hill, and this incredible event would not have been possible without the tremendous support of Canada Heritage and West Jet.

Placing youth at the centre of programming, the event began with a day of orientation and training where youth were asked to identify the top 4 areas on which the Government of Canada should focus. Mental health, Indigenous supports, education and the environment were their key interest areas.

During the day, the youth led a Twitter chat where they discussed the importance of engaging young people in democracy and the political process. This online discussion had #YouthInOffice trending on Twitter for most of the day, reaching the number two spot at its peak!

As President and CEO of BBBSC, Peter Coleridge helped start the second morning by highlighting the impact of mentoring and the long term societal outcomes with the 100 MPs present. The youth and MPs were then matched and spent the day touring Parliament, attending policy meetings and getting a behind-the-scenes look at life on ‘The Hill’. Over lunch, we hosted a Youth Caucus in the House of Commons where youth fired tough questions at MPs and engaged in open and honest dialogue. To end the afternoon youth saw their MPs in action during Question Period, and met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who answered questions from the youth and posed for photos. This had #YouthInOffice trending for the second day in a row!

By demonstrating how democratic engagement can look different for everyone, YOUth In Office helps young people see the potential in themselves. This experience is just one example of how mentoring at BBBS and BGCC improves educational and career outcomes for young people in communities across Canada.

YOUth In Office is a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and has received support from Canadian Heritage, Coca-Cola Canada, and WestJet Cares for Kids. 


2016 Photo Gallery