The City of Fort Saskatchewan and Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) are seeking to centre youth voices and focus on youth mental health.
The City is looking for youth volunteers to apply for the Youth Council.
“It’s such a great opportunity to have a voice for youth in Fort Saskatchewan that is connected to Mayor and Council,” explained Kristi Wahl, FCSS youth and family coordinator.
The council is made up of local youth aged 14 to 24.
“It’s about having a youth voice about city projects and we hope to utilize the youth council as that voice, to represent the youth in our community,” Wahl said.
“We’re hoping to increase our numbers so we can have a quorum of youth … Youth would sign on to a two year term, with meetings on the first Wednesday of the month, held virtually,” Wahl explained.
“We hope to make it an official council of the City, but we will have to wait until the end of the election,” she added.
Those who are interested in applying for the position can do so online at fortsask.ca.
FCSS is also working to highlight youth voices through their mental health programming.
On Oct.21, the City will host a virtual screening of “Connecting the Dots,” a movie by Noemi Weis. The documentary is the first of its kind to offer a “raw and intimate look at youth mental health from a global perspective.”
“It’s about starting the conversation of youth mental health in Fort Saskatchewan; how can we support our youth and ensure that they are able to access the services that they need for their mental wellness?” Wahl said.
Afterwards, a panel discussion will be held with the director, a local youth outreach worker, and young people with their own lived experiences.
It is a free event and will run from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The screening will be followed by a second event on Oct. 23, in partnership with the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library.
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