Surrey appoints 18 youth representatives to its advisory committees
June 4, 2014
Surrey, BC - As part of its commitment to increasing youth engagement and input into municipal decision making, the City of Surrey has appointed 18 youth representatives to nine of its advisory committees.
Two youth representatives have been assigned to each of the following:
- Agriculture and Food Security Advisory Committee
- Cultural Development Advisory Committee
- Diversity Advisory Committee
- Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee
- Public Art Advisory Committee
- Parks, Recreation & Sport Tourism Committee
- Social Planning Advisory Committee
- Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
- Surrey Heritage Advisory Commission Committee
To support this new initiative, representatives have been matched with members from within their appointed committees to help mentor and support their participation.
Youth inclusion on City advisory committees is part of a one-year pilot project arising out of a recommendation from Surrey’s Child & Youth Friendly Strategy. Research has shown there are distinct benefits to including a youth voice in municipal governance. Young people offer intelligence, creative thinking, and valuable perspectives on the world. By treating youth as equal partners in the governance process, a stronger relationship is built between young people and civic government.
For more information:
Child & Youth Engagement Coordinator
City of Surrey