Youth feature project earns council’s stamp of approval

A project aimed at highlighting the good work of the city’s young people impressed city council Monday night.

Community Building Youth Futures (CBYF), which held a soft launch a little over a week ago, introduced council to one of their first projects, a youth feature. The project sees youth interview, photograph and put together a feature about other youth who are leaders, show resilience or commitment to community. They are set to include a bio of the featured youth, what they love about Prince Albert and one hope for the city.

“We want to foster a connection and sense of belonging for youth to our community … and promote a positive view of the youth of Prince Albert, said Talon Halsall, a Grade 11 St. Mary student and one of the young people involved with the project.

“CBYF is (trying) to support youth from Prince Albert in identifying and addressing barriers to achieve their education and employment goals.”

The project is working with youth aged 14 to 30 and is working with community partners such as the West Flat Citizens Group and Urban Indigenous Coalition.

Council was impressed by the presentation.

“I want to thank you and your group for taking the initiative to focus on and present to our community the great youth and people that we have,” said Ward 7 Coun. Dawn Kilmer, a former high school principal.

“The more we make people aware of who we are. The more Prince Albert will continue to grow to be the place everyone wants it to be.”

Mayor Greg Dionne was also impressed.

“I love the idea,” he said, adding that he supports “anything we can do to help lift up and send youth in the right direction.”