Who are the 2021-2022 members?
The 2021-2022 YAC Members will be appointed in mid-November 2021. YAC will consist of 1 Chairperson, up to 14 appointed Council members, 1-2 City Councillors, and 1 Community Development Facilitator (non-voting).
Visit the Meet the 2021-2022 Council page to meet the current members.
How do I contact YAC?
YAC can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is YAC on social media?
Yes! YAC currently uses Facebook (www.facebook.com/gpyouthcouncil) and Instagram (@gpyouthadvisorycouncil).
What does YAC do in a year?
YAC members are appointed in October-November of each year and complete an orientation. A minimum of 4 meetings are required each year, and some councils may decide to meet monthly. In the new year, YAC begins planning for Youth Week in May, and decides on how they’d like to promote the Youth Engagement Awards (awarded during Youth Week). Recruitment for the next YAC term is an important last step to ensure youth in Grande Prairie know they can apply to join, too.
How long is a term, and can youth serve more than one term?
Absolutely! YAC members are appointed for a one-year term, typically running from October until June, with select events in the summer factoring in work schedules. Youth can apply to YAC until they are 24 years old, or until their school or work takes them away from the city. The YAC Chair in 2020-2021 was a part of YAC for 4 years!
Can I attend a meeting just to see what it’s about?
Yes! All youth are always welcome. Non-member youth can attend Youth Advisory Council meetings, however only appointed Youth Advisory Councillors can vote on motions and recommendations for initiatives and communication with City Council. Guests who wish to present to YAC or propose a topic, should contact email@example.com to be considered for time on the agenda.
Why is YAC important?
YAC members are active and engaged citizens who collaborate with City Council, city boards, committees, and local organizations to learn and share a youth perspective. YAC provides decision-makers with a means to engage with local youth in a meaningful way on a variety of topics, special projects, and key issues. Including youth insight is an important piece of our strong and vibrant community.
What has YAC done in the past?
Visit the Projects and Initiatives page to learn more about what past Youth Advisory Councils have done in terms of special projects, events, consultations, training, and more!