Abbotsford Youth Council meets with city politicians

The 'meet and greet' was part of a months-long program, matching teens with the mayor and councillors.

Manisha Rai and Steven Sobti meet with Coun. Patricia Ross.

Manisha Rai and Steven Sobti meet with Coun. Patricia Ross.

Fifteen teens representing almost every high school in Abbotsford had a chance to get to know their city councillors a little better on Sept. 30.

The youth are members of the Abbotsford Youth Commission’s Youth Council,  which was involved in a “meet and greet” at city hall with the mayor and councillors.

The event began with everyone meeting as a group and then moving into the “speed meeting” portion.

The students were given five-minute slots to move from office to office, interviewing the mayor and councillors.

They were then matched with the politicians and given time to set up their next meetings.

Throughout the school year, the youths will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one meeting, attend an event, and attend a committee meeting with their councillor.

During Youth Week, in May 2014, the teens will sit with their councillor at a city council meeting as a culmination of their year-long experience.

The Youth Council is a group of youth from all over the city who get together to discuss issues that they are facing, learn leadership skills, and give input into youth programs and services.

The Abbotsford Youth Commission (AYC) has been hosting the council for 20 years.

For more information about AYC or the Youth Council, visit abbyyouth.com.

 

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