Augusta invites Township youth to get involved with its Youth Advisory Committee

Augusta invites Township youth to get involved with its Youth Advisory Committee.

Augusta Matters by Mayor Doug Malanka

Augusta Township cares about the opinions and ideas of young residents.  To tap into this valuable resource, Augusta has established a Youth Advisory committee (YAC) through funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the assistance of Parks and Recreation Ontario on behalf of Play Works.  To join Augusta’s YAC committee, youth must be between the ages of 12 and 17 years old and be resident of Augusta Township.  It is hoped that members will stay on the committee for one year (from September to August). YAC members work together with Township employees in proposing programs and other initiatives that matter to the youth members. Augusta’s YAC meets on the first Tuesday at Augusta Township office at 5:30pm and we are currently looking to make the meetings biweekly as the students are really enjoying the program and we’re looking to grow our membership.  Council looks to its YAC to make Augusta Township be more youth friendly.   Participation in YAC enables youth to build their resumes and gain hours towards their mandatory 40 hours of community involvement to graduate.  In addition to building confidence, character; caring and competence of its members, YAC provides an opportunity for socializing, fun and good food.  As Mayor, I am proud of our Township’s initiative in this regard.  It has been shown that communities which have established Youth Advisory Councils or Committees, are more likely to have higher levels of youth engagement in community activities, and have services that respond to the developmental needs of the youth, and are recognized as Youth Friendly Communities.

On Family Day, Monday, February 18th, 2019 YAC is holding a Limerick Forest Outdoor Adventure Day event which will provide youth with an opportunity to spend the day outdoors. This free event will take place at the toboggan hill in Limerick Forest located at 8610 Forsythe Road and run from 10 am to 3 pm. Our youth demonstrated their leadership skills by organizing the guided bird tour, Hugh Metcalfe, local bird enthusiast will guide the group on a hike in the morning.  This will be followed by a hot lunch and tobogganing hill. Everyone is welcome to come and participate but please RSVP your attendance with Nicole Walker at nwalker@augusta.ca and please take note that Youth must be accompanied by an adult.  Bring your thinking caps in order to contribute ideas for improvement of the Limerick Forest! For further information, refer to Augusta’s Web page.