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Youth Council

Youth Council is a high level leadership program for youth in grades 10-12. Youth Council brings together young people from all of the local high schools to discuss pertinent youth issues, get involved in local projects and participate in community and city committees. This is serious stuff, but Youth Council is also a place where young people will form life-long friendships and have a super fun time in the process.

Do you have ideas for positive change in our community? Do you aspire to be a community leader? Join the Abbotsford Youth Commission’s Youth Council to meet with other youth, have your say, get involved, and make a difference!

  • Attend a weekend leadership retreat
  • Participate in our Youth Council / City Council Shadowing Project
  • Be a voice for youth in our city and have the opportunity to let community leaders know what youth think
  • Each year two youth are chosen to be AYC Board members for the year
  • Meet and work with youth from all of the high schools in Abbotsford
  • Become a community leader
  • Learn leadership and employment skills
  • Have your voice heard
  • Plan and participate in youth driven projects and special events
  • Be a youth representative from your school
  • Delicious food is provided at monthly meetings
  • Get a letter of reference from the Abbotsford Youth Commission
  • Volunteer hours
  • Tons of opportunities to get your ideas across to others (and really be listened to)
  • Leadership skills
  • Special event planning
  • Conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation
  • Effective listening
  • Public speaking
  • Teamwork
  • How City Council works
  • How to chair a meeting and take minutes
  • How to advocate for change

How to Join

Fill out the Youth Council Application form and submit it to info@abbyyouth.com. You can also pick up an application form at our office. There is a one-time $100 fee per year for this program.

Interviews are conducted beginning the middle of May

A maximum of two youth will be selected from each high school

Youth Council in the Abbotsford News: http://www.abbynews.com/community/226945671.html

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia

The Abbotsford Youth Commission would like to thank the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund for their generous support of our Youth Council program