Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC)
The Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC) consists of youth working in partnership with the City of Ottawa to inform decisions and actions that help make our city a better, safer, and more equal place for all youth.
Making a one year commitment to be part of the committee, youth attend monthly meetings and work to form Yearly Action Plans (YAPs) based on consultations with hundreds of youth from Ottawa. The goal of this program is to assure that youth are valued stakeholders in our municipality and to amplify the voices of the diverse communities of youth in Ottawa, in action and through representation.
OYEC has consulted with dozens of City Departments, advocated for the lower-income bus pass and more racial/cultural sensitivity training for City Staff, and developed initiatives such a Mayor for a Day and Councillors in Civics Classes.
The three core mandates of the group consist of:
Check out our 2019 OYEC Impact Report
Watch our Intro Webinar!
Currently Recruiting New Members!
OYEC is currently looking for applications from youth (15-24) to join the committee as both;
1. Youth Leaders
Youth Leaders meet monthly to discuss various topics with community leaders and City officials. Applicants are selected for these positions, as there is limited space and a priority to ensure there is diverse representation within the group.
2. OYEC Network Members
Joining OYEC as a member of the Network means you will be connecting with thousands of Ottawa youth, learning about opportunities, providing your opinion through regularly polling, being invited to special events and invitations to contribute to specific subcommittees of OYEC.
What has OYEC worked on
Here are just a few of OYEC’s accomplishments representing youth at the City level in recent years.
If you are between the ages of 15-25, want to gain experience and be involved in City Hall and are passionate about community involvement, politics and youth empowerment, then this is the opportunity for you.
For any questions, please contact the OYEC coordinator at [email protected]
OYEC in Action
The Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee was created in 2015 as a partnership between Youth Ottawa and the City of Ottawa to involve youth in the municipal government.
Discover more on how this group of 20 youth are working on a range of projects from; increasing consultations with city departments, launching the 2019 Mayor for a Day contest, developing Councillors in Civics classes lesson plans, and organizing a Sexual Health Education Summit for fall 2019. Click here to read more.
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