Mar
5
2020

Young Islanders to help shape the future of PEI 

Premier King announced today that he is re-establishing the Premier’s Youth Council to ensure that young Islanders continue to play an important role in shaping the future of the province. 

The Premier’s Youth Council will provide advice to the premier and ministers on government policies, programs, and issues affecting Island youth. Interested young Islanders between 16 and 29 years of age can now apply online to the Premier's Youth Council to be a member of the council. 

“As leaders, we have an important responsibility to engage our young people as we look to build a stronger and more resilient province, today and into the future. I am so proud to be re-establishing the Premier’s Youth Council, creating an opportunity for young Islanders to ensure they have a say in decisions that will affect their future.” 

- Premier Dennis King

The Premier’s Youth Council is a province-wide non-partisan advisory body acting as the “voice” for Island youth that will advise the provincial government on ways to enhance programs, policies, strategies and resources for youth. More specifically, the council will: 

  • provide input and advice on issues relating and affecting young Islanders;
  • advise government departments on how to enhance existing youth-oriented programs, policies, strategies and resources;
  • lead community engagement activities to infuse a broad range of youth voices into government decision-making; 
  • act as a sounding board for departments during preliminary policy development; 
  • engage youth in current and developing government processes, frameworks, and consultations; and,
  • assist in youth retention strategies.

“Young Islanders offer a valuable perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing them and our province. Listening to their ideas and empowering them to share their vision with us will only make our province stronger,” added Premier King.  

The Premier’s Youth Council is made up of 12 to 15 young Islanders representing diverse backgrounds and communities. Council members will serve a two-year term, dedicating an estimated 30 hours per year toward various community outreach, policy development, and discussion sessions. Council members will also work collaboratively and engage with their peers to provide complete and considerate input.

Applications for the Premier’s Youth Council will be accepted until March 31, 2020. For more information, visit the Premier's Youth Council.

Media Contact: 
Amanda Hamel
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier
(902) 368-4400
ahamel@gov.pe.ca 

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