Youth & Young Adult Advisory Councils

Youth Advisory Group Network

The Youth Advisory Group Network is a new initative organized by our CFYS Youth Council Coordinators (PI: Frederick Grouzet), as part of the Youth & Young Adult Advisory Councils (YAC/YAAC). Similar to YAC/YAAC, the goal of this Network is to create welcoming spaces for youth to connect with other like-minded youth and engage in meaningful conversations about youth issues that matter to them. In addition to this shared goal, the  Youth Advisory Group Network focuses on the engagement of younger youth (ages 16-19) in the community.

Please contact cfysyouthcouncil@uvic.ca for more information.

Youth-Led Networking Events

As part of the Youth Advisory Group Network, the CFYS Youth Council Coordinators began hosting Youth-Led networking events called "4 Youth, By Youth" Socials. These events bring together youth (ages 16-19) from different youth-led groups, youth-led clubs, youth councils, school districts, schools and community organizations for an evening of games, prizes and meaningful conversations. Youth who attend will also earn volunteer hours, and a certificate of completion.

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Participating Youth Groups:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria Capitol Region
  • Black Youth Empowerment
  • Camosun College Student Society
  • City of Victoria Youth Council 
  • Reynolds Secondary School Community Leadership 
  • Royal Bay Secondary School
  • Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
  • Island Health Step Up Youth Program 
  • St. Michael's University School Prefect Council 

Next Youth-Led Networking Event: TBD

The CFYS Youth Council Coordinators are busy planning the third Youth-Led networking event. Please check back soon for more information.

Please contact cfysyouthcouncil@uvic.ca for more information or to recommend a youth or youth group to attend future events.

Previous Youth-Led Networking Events

  • First event: April 28th, 2023
  • Second event: June 14th, 2023
What Youth Had to Say:

Do youth benefit from socials like this?

Yes! It's important to have opportunities for youth to participate in decision making in the community.

- Attendee 

Yes, I appreciate the fact that there are organizations like this that are passionate about helping youth tackle issues they might be facing and providing a social space such as this for people to connect.

- Attendee

What was your main takeaway from this social? 

There's a lot of work going on behind the scenes to improve the lives of youth in our community.

- Attendee

That there's lots of people in my community committed to making change.

Attendee

Second Youth-Led Panel Discussions: January, 2024

After the success of our first Youth-Led Panel Discussions on November 28, 2023, the CFYS Youth Council Coordinators are exciting to host a second event in January, 2024. Please check back for more information soon.

Please contact cfysyouthcouncil@uvic.ca for more information.

 

First Youth-Led Panel Discussions: November 28, 2023

After the success of our Youth-Led networking events, the CFYS Youth Council Coordinators hosted the first Youth-Led Panel Discussions on November 28th, 2023. This event provided a platform for youth to speak on issues that mattered to them, and served as an opportunity for youth- and family-serving organizations to hear directly from youth.

Agenda: 

  • 3:00 pm - Check-in

  • 3:30 pm - Welcome Address

  • 3:40 pm - Panel - "Youth Perspectives on Community Organization Engagement"
    • Panelists: Hamza (Reynolds Secondary School), Rishab (Island Health), Sage (Tillicum Community Empowerment Centre), Sarah (Greater Victoria Volunteer Society), Zahra (Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees)
    • Moderators: Maddie and Nell (CFYS Youth Council Coordinators)
  • 4:55 pm - Health Break (Light refreshments to be provided)

  • 5:10 pm - Panel - "Youth Perspectives on Youth Issues"
    • Panelists: Kaspi (Tillicum Community Empowerment Centre), Mahum (Reynolds Secondary School), Nuvra (Victoria Youth Empowerment Society), Sediqa (Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees), Theo (Greater Victoria Volunteer Society), Turquoise (Greater Victoria Volunteer Society)
    • Moderators: Maddie and Nell (CFYS Youth Council Coordinators)
  • 6:20 pm - Closing Remarks

Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC)

The Centre for Youth and Society is calling for applications to the CFYS Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC), a new initiative (PI: Frederick Grouzet) that will bring together passion-driven young people aged 19-25 to discuss the issues they and other young people face and brainstorm responses to inform the CFYS on youth’s emerging priorities. CFYS collaborates with community partners and conducts research to work towards the well-being of young people. 

The council will meet monthly, on Zoom or in-person at the University of Victoria (on a rotating schedule). The council follows the calendar year, with participants currently asked to commit to meetings until December of 2022. The expected time commitment is approximately 5 hours per month, and each session will last approximately an hour. A typical session includes dialogue on a specific theme of questions brought by the CFYS or its partner organizations, to provide feedback and strategies to combat issues affecting youth in the community. An honorarium is available to members who successfully complete their duties leading up to the December end date.

Criteria for Applying:
  • Must be between the ages of 19-25.
  • Being comfortable in a roundtable dialogue-based environment.
  • Being willing to share their experiences as they relate to council-based initiatives.
  • Passion for youth-driven solutions to current issues.
  • Previous participation in youth-led activities in their school or community is an asset.

Applications not being accepted at this time.

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

More information to come.