Abbotsford youth want to break down the barriers created by stereotypes amongst their peers.
That was the top initiative for change at the recent Day of Action, held on Saturday at Abbotsford Collegiate.
Over 95 students aged 14 to 18 turned out to the youth leadership conference – a partnership between Food for Thought, B.C. Healthy Communities and Welcome B.C.
According to Katie Shaw with B.C. Healthy Communities, a variety of goals were set at the seminar.
One was to create a dynamic Internet hub, allowing youth to profile upcoming opportunities to get involved and volunteer.
The concept labelled Beauty and the Beast was voted the favourite. It’s an initiative that will see teens working to eliminate the stigma of stereotypes between young people, and promote cultural understanding.
Recruiting is currently underway to further develop the local student connections committee.
The group acts as a mediator between the student population and non-profit sector, with the goal of increasing the volunteer levels amongst youth.
They already have $500 for the latest initiative but will continue fundraising.
While the current program lasts until May, plans to hold another seminar are in the works.