YDAY, youth summit to bring together Islanders to discuss opportunities for youth on PEI

Young Islanders are invited to attend YDAY, a new summit that will bring together youth from across Prince Edward Island to help shape policies and opportunities that meet the interests of young people.

YDAY is a full-day event to discuss opportunities for youth on Prince Edward Island and strategies related to youth, including employment, entrepreneurship, skills and training, migration and demographic shifts, labour market challenges, and more. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 21 at Holland College in Charlottetown.

The summit will be the inaugural event of the recently-announced Youth Futures Council; the summit is now accepting registrations from Islanders aged 16-34 years, who are passionate about creating better opportunities for young people in Prince Edward Island, and can bring diverse perspectives and life experiences to the day.  

“Youth are extremely important to Prince Edward Island and ensuring they have great opportunities to succeed in this province is a priority for my department and a commitment of the Province of Prince Edward Island,” said Minister Richard Brown, Workforce and Advanced Learning. “YDAY is a great way for our Island youth to be heard and engaged to ensure we build vibrant communities to grow, live, and work.”

“YDAY is a tremendous opportunity to connect with the young people of our Province to hear their views on issues that impact their future,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “YDAY will allow post secondary institutions to hear, first-hand, the vision these participants have for Prince Edward Island and collaboratively make positive changes.”

YDAY will be facilitated by Tim Merry, who works locally and internationally to support change in communities, organizations, and societies through participatory engagement. Following the Summit, a report will be created to outline the recommendations and discuss next steps. It will be presented to policy makers, post secondary institutions, and businesses and will inform policies and programs for government and employers in Prince Edward Island.

“Holland College is proud to be working with the organizing committee and supporting YDAY as the event host,” said Brian McMillan, President of Holland College. “This important initiative will serve as an energizing platform for youth to collaborate, learn, and share perspectives regarding employment, entrepreneurship, and a variety of topics focusing on making Prince Edward Island a place for our youth to prosper.”

To register for YDAY, visit Deadline to register is September 21, 2016.

YDAY is supported by the Government of Prince Edward Island through the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism; the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce; the University of Prince Edward Island; Holland College, and Collège Acadie.

Media contact:
Sheila Kerry, Senior Communications Officer
Workforce and Advanced Learning
(902) 620-3688

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