Youth Tackling COVID 19 WEBINAR
The City of Edmonton Youth Council successfully hosted an online webinar called Youth Tackling COVID-19! We were joined by Dr. Katharine Magor who spoke on the virus, variants and importance of getting vaccines. Alessandro Marcon who provided tips on how to navigate through this infodemic and fight misinformation, and Alexandra San Diego from Kickstand Alberta, who provided resources and support for those facing mental health challenges during these tough times. There will be an infographic available outlining resources and information highlighted during the event so keep an eye out for those! Click on this link to view the webinar clips!
SCHOOL VISITS PRESENTATIONS
We’ve been hard at work identifying schools and organizations, sending out contact information, and scheduling visits! There have been some barriers with response rates, likely due to the pandemic and the online nature of our presentations, but we’ve been pushing through to reach dedicated schools that are still interested. So far, we have conducted visits at McNally and Jasper Place, and we’re excited to have a couple more coming up soon. If you know of a school or organization that could benefit from a CEYC visit, let us know at email@example.com !
Food Waste and Security
The Food Waste and Insecurity team are researching how gaps in Edmonton food security might be filled with food destined for waste. To do this, we are examining redistribution initiatives around the world, interviewing local organizations, and debating how we can best meet the needs of Edmontonians, while reducing waste. 58% of food produced in Canada is lost. This has enormous economic and environmental costs! Our findings and suggestions will be published as an information report for the City Council. It will also be linked on our website for you to read.
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS WEBINAR
The Environmental Awareness Webinar on Saturday May 29, 2021 from 5:00-7:00PM. The goal of this webinar was to promote awareness regarding environmental issues and inspire youth towards change. Our mission is to empower youth by educating them on sustainable ways of living. We invited speakers who are ambitious and driven towards change. They include Marmik Patel from Plant Forever, Stephen Raitz from Paths for People and Hannah Gelderman, a visual artist. More information regarding Part 2 of our initiative, our Environmental Awareness Web-Series, will be coming in the following days. Stay tuned!
COMMUNITY SAFETY & WELLBEING TASK FORCE REPORT
The policy committee has gathered youth perspectives on community safety to inform the City Council of improvements to law enforcement institutions. Our recommendations to the Community Safety and Wellbeing (CSWB) Taskforce Report #8543 can be found in a publicly available letter to the City Council which is available on the CEYC website. In succeeding months, our objectives include increasing accessibility to our CSWB recommendations through the publication of multiple mediums of communication (e.g. videos, written letters) on multiple online platforms (e.g. social media, non-statutory hearings), meetings with city councillors and to continue gathering engagement from the public.
To read our response regarding the Community Safety and Wellbeing (CSWB) Taskforce Report #8543:
Mental Health Opioid Report
The Mental Health/Opioid Report is an ongoing project through the City of Edmonton Youth Council! With the onset of COVID, the youth council decided to reevaluate and put out another survey beyond the one conducted in 2019 to see the effects that COVID has had on Mental Health for youth in Edmonton! We will be bringing our findings to council and seeing how we can adjust our response to the needs found in our continuation survey!
PATHS FOR PEOPLE WORKFORCE
This Workforce is made up of a dedicated team that handles all collaborations between the City of Edmonton Youth Council and Paths for People. We work on several initiatives that provide youth with the opportunity to learn about active transportation and vibrant streets in Edmonton. With the delay of the City’s Bike Plan Implementation Approach, we have moved on to other potential projects. This could include activities such as a day of programming to learn about, and create a more vibrant street space.
Our team is currently formatting a 3-stage response to the results of the survey to help promote the representation of more youth demographics on our council. The first stage we are planning is centered around creating presentations (similar to the ones from the school visits initiative) catered towards reaching out to the least represented demographics which were found in the analysis of the survey results. The stages that follow this will be focused on: making both the meetings and application processes on CEYC more accessible as well as providing more training resources and guidance for new members so that they can play a larger role on council.
scholarships and volunteer opportunities
The Scholarships and Volunteering Opportunities in Edmonton initiative team have been hard at work collecting over 150 resources to help the youth of Edmonton! Our mission is to establish a straightforward and accessible website that compiles the different scholarships and volunteering resources that Edmonton youth can access. We hope this initiative increases youth’s awareness of what the city can offer them, while also empowering them to take part in their community! Always feel free to send us links of interesting opportunities you spot in Edmonton!
The blog has been continuing to share posts every Saturday. This month, we posted an opinion piece on in-person vs online classes, a guide to making more environmentally sustainable choices, a personal reflection in regards to racial identity and our very first poem!
As the blog develops, we are looking to appoint deputy editors so that we can grow our capacity while ensuring high quality content. Keep an eye out for applications!
As always, if anyone is interested in contributing to the Blog, whether it be regularly or a one time thing, you are more than welcome! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org