In January 2017 Volunteer Victoria launched the 150 Reasons Youth Project, a project that fosters youth leadership and community engagement. The Youth Advisory Committee —a group of youth aged between 15 and 29 years— is designing and planning a series of 14 events over the course of 2017-2018. Committee members attend volunteer management and career related training, where they develop skills to engage in the project’s wide range of initiatives. The 150 Reasons Youth Project aims to leave a legacy, both in the community and in participating youths’ lives. Visit our Events tab for information about past and future events or the Press tab for news clippings featuring the Youth Advisory Committee.
The 150 Reasons Youth Project is made possible by funding from the Victoria Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, the Township of Esquimalt, and the City of Victoria.
The 150 Reasons Youth Project runs until March 2018. New members are always welcome to join the Youth Advisory Committee or attend events!
What are the requirements to join?
- Be between 15 and 29 years of age
- Provide a criminal record check (arranged through Volunteer Victoria)
- Participate in the planning and delivery of at least 2 events in 2017 and 2018
- Be available to meet every second Saturday (usually from 10am to 12pm). This may change as event dates approach.
What do youths get out of the project?
- Volunteer management training
- Career related training
- Volunteer hours
- Leadership opportunities
- A very cool 150 Reasons t-shirt (to keep and wear)
- Amazing memories of Canada’s 150th celebration
The 150 Reasons Youth Project is co-facilitated by George Colussi, Volunteer Services Coordinator at Volunteer Victoria, and Megan Webber. If you would like to get involved please contact George by phone at (250) 386-2269 (ext. 28) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Youth Advisory Committee aims to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary by holding 14 events between January 2017 and March 2018. Our events engage with a wide range of audiences and focus on many different themes, including the environment, sports, heritage, visual arts, performing arts, and community service.
For more information about the Youth Advisory Committee or to attend any of our events please contact co-facilitators George Colussi or Megan Webber at email@example.com.
The Youth Advisory Committee is currently planning a collaborative event with youth in Esquimalt.
In past months committee members have:
- Sorted and packed up food at the Mustard Seed’s warehouse in Esquimalt
- Run a Christmas craft station for children at the Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade
- Swapped memories of childhood and youth with the residents of The Glenshiel and adults at the Cook Street Village Activity Centre
- Learned how to strengthen community connections at a workshop led by the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods initiative
- As part of Project Serve Day, restored a section of Gabo Creek back to its natural glory
- Carried giant jellyfish and Mother Earth puppets at the Puppets for Peace Parade in September
- Uprooted weeds and cleared paths at the Spirit Garden, the North Jubilee Neighbourhood Association’s community garden
- Applied hundreds of temporary tattoos to people celebrating Canada Day on the Legislature lawn
- Helped out at Quadra Village Community Centre’s community dance event in June (including running a dunk tank!)
Click on the posters below for information about past events, including testimonials from participants. Talented YAC member Serkan Karabacak designed the posters (with the exception of the Earth Day, Puppets for Peace, and National Philanthropy Day posters).
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The Youth Advisory Committee featured in the Times Colonist, June 2017
The 150 Reasons Youth Project in the Victoria Foundation’s 2017 Vital Signs report, October 2017
A painting of the Empress, created at the YAC’s Art Day event, on display during the JDRF’s 2017 Promise Ball at the Fairmont Empress in October 2017. The painting was included in a silent auction to raise funds for the fight against type 1 diabetes. (Photo courtesy of Roop Jawl Design and Photography)