The London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is holding their second year of elections starting Feb. 8 at midnight, where 13 youth will be elected by the city of London as a whole to represent youth in London at the municipal level.
The London Youth Advisory Council is a democratically elected council of 13 youth aged 15 to 25 who act as youth connectors, representatives and leaders throughout the city. The council also benefits from many partnerships in the form of community partners such as: Youth Opportunities Unlimited, London Public Library, and City Symposium; as well as through appointed members to the council from the leadership of the Western University, University Students Council, the Fanshawe College’s Fanshawe Students Union, the student trustees from the London District Catholic School Board and the Thames Valley District School Board.
The council’s term from September 2012 to present has been filled with several training sessions from city staff, six council meetings, numerous meetings of the committees (economic development, London city council, arts and culture, environment, transportation, marketing and outreach) working on various projects and initiatives within the city, as well as hosting and attending numerous meet and greets connecting groups of youth leaders.
On the organizational end, the current state of the LYAC is a push to get the youth of London running in this next online election, which is open to all residents. Applications at www.lyac.ca close at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 7, with the election beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 8, and running until Feb. 17 at 11:59 p.m. Last years election saw 3,586 London residents vote to elect the current 13 youth councillors.
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