News Release Archive

If you are a young Nova Scotian between the ages of 15 and 24 and
are concerned about  issues facing youth, the Nova Scotia Youth
Advisory Council would like to hear from you. 

The council, which currently consists of 12 young Nova Scotians
from across the province, is recruiting new members. 

Working with the Nova Scotia Youth Secretariat, the council
discusses youth issues and how they relate to government programs
and policy. The group meets four times a year to discuss
activities and acts as a sounding board for government through
the Minister Responsible for Youth, Jay Abbass.  

"The council is an advocate for youth, providing an active voice
for young Nova Scotians," said Mr. Abbass. "They have sound ideas
and refreshing insights on important issues. I encourage more
youth to get involved in the government decision-making process
in this way."

Recently, council members have been involved in issues such as
AIDS in youth, education reforms, youth crime, aboriginal
affairs, cigarette sales to minors, and graduated licensing.
Council members have participated in a number of youth forums in
recent months.

"Our job is to advise the government about any issue that may
effect youth," says council member Danielle Leblanc,of Pointe-de-
l'Eglise, Digby County. "I am concerned about issues facing
people my age in Nova Scotia. Getting involved with the council
is a meaningful way to tell government our concerns and ideas." 

To reflect the diversity of Nova Scotia's youth population, the
council is especially interested in recruiting youth with
disabilities, youth from a visible minority group, high school
age members, and members from rural Nova Scotia. 

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the council,
please submit a one page description of your experiences with
youth issues and how you could contribute to the Youth Advisory
Council. Deadline for submissions is Feb.2. 

Submissions should be sent to Rick Gilbert, executive director,
Nova Scotia Youth Secretariat, P.O. Box 1617, Halifax, N.S., B3J
2Y3, phone: 424-3780.
Contact: Rick Gilbert, 424-3780
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