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Applications open for Metro Vancouver Youth and Education Advisory Panel

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:23 PST, Wed January 11, 2023

Young people and educators from across Metro Vancouver are invited to participate in the region’s newly formed Youth and Education Advisory Panel.

“Metro Vancouver is committed to engaging audiences who may be impacted by or have an interest in our projects, policies, and plans,” said George Harvie, chair of Metro Vancouver's Board of Directors. “Creating a Youth and Education Advisory Panel empowers youth in the region to take part in regional issues and helps us gain valuable insights from young residents as we plan for the region’s future.”

The Youth and Education Advisory Panel aims to help provide a youth perspective on Metro Vancouver’s programs, projects, and policies. The panel will include:

  • Up to five representatives from a high-school-aged group (ages 13 to 18)
  • Up to five representatives from a post-secondary-aged group (ages 18 to 25)
  • Up to five representatives working in K-12 education

The panel will receive and review information, and advise on topics related to the development of Metro Vancouver’s projects and programs. Members will be invited to pose questions and engage in discussion, as well as providing comments for consideration on regional issues like managing wastewater; reducing waste in the region; water conservation; taking action on climate change, plans, and projects related to regional parks; delivery of K-12 programming; and other regional issues. The panel will share comments and present recommendations to Metro Vancouver staff.

Youth and people working in K-12 education interested in participating are asked to submit their applications by Feb. 3 online at metrovancouver.org (search “Youth and Education Advisory Panel”). Participation is voluntary.

For 40 years, Metro Vancouver has engaged young people on regional issues through K-12 school programs. For more information about the current school and youth leadership program offerings, visit metrovancouver.org/events/school-programs.

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