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Youth Engage Youth to Shape Future of Surrey

Surrey Leadership Youth Council members gathered for a picture.

April 27, 2012

Surrey – Surrey high school students are taking part in a unique forum on Monday to provide feedback on City initiatives, network with other young people, and enhance leadership skills.

Youth Speak Up! is a one-day forum organized and facilitated by the City’s Surrey Leadership Youth Council (SLYC). The theme of this year’s forum is “Making Your Mark” in the community. Interactive youth-led workshops will focus on the design of public spaces around civic facilities, the engagement of youth in recreation and volunteering, and sharing youth messages through art.

“The City of Surrey is committed to engaging our young people. The youth forum is a great opportunity for high school students to connect with their peers and participate in the City’s decision-making process. We want to hear their ideas and the information will help us develop new policies and programs that better meet the needs of Surrey’s youth,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

“Youth Speak Up! will be a day for young people to make their mark in Surrey. They share their valued opinions on issues that are important to them, network with each other, and have fun doing it!” says SLYC member Amie Johnson, adding this is the fifth forum to be organized.

Youth Speak Up! takes place at the City Centre Library on Monday, April 30th, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The forum is at capacity and currently has a waiting list.

For more information on the City of Surrey’s youth engagement activity, visit: http://www.surrey.ca/plans-strategies/7530.aspx.

For more information on the City of Surrey’s Child and Youth Friendly City Strategy, visit: http://www.surrey.ca/plans-strategies/3191.aspx.

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Media Contacts:

David Sadler
Social Planning
City of Surrey
604.598.5756
drsadler@surrey.ca

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584