Willowdale Youth Council (WYC), a program created by John, is a unique opportunity for youth aged 13-19 who live in Ward 18. Members of the WYC get the opportunity to learn about their local community, discuss city-wide issues with John, and connect with other youth leaders.
Through monthly meetings and collaboration with John’s staff, the WYC will have a chance to discover what goes on in a City Councillor’s office, and voice their opinions about issues and concerns in Willowdale.
The first WYC meeting took place in September. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss, as a youth council, the kind of meaningful and fun things they would want to do to engage the Willowdale community. Among the dozens of ideas shared were things like:
Host an animal adoption event, where abandoned animals are put up for adoption to residents
Coordinate a new after school program to help local students with their homework
Hold a sidewalk chalk event in which different schools and community groups draw or write their favourite things about Willowdale
Build a time machine
After their discussion, the WYC acted like City Council and asked City Staff to develop a report on the feasibility of all the options and to report back.
Several local schools are represented on the Council, including Earl Haig SS, Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, Newtonbrook SS, and Claude Watson School for the Arts.
The next meeting will be held in October. The WYC members will receive the feasibility report on their community engagement ideas, and then decide what they will do with the remainder of their term.
Keep an eye out for an upcoming announcement and ways you can get involved.