Regional Chair's Youth Advisory Panel

Making a difference in Niagara

The Youth Advisory Panel uses their passion, skill and talent to help build Niagara's future

Panel members provide recommendations, advice and information to Council and staff on issues that affect Niagara teens.

2022 Initiatives

During its first year, panel members provided input and advocated for Niagara youth on two major initiatives:

  • Niagara's Official Plan
  • Climate change

Their input will help shape the future direction of our community.

What you'll do

As a member of the advisory panel, you'll:

  • Provide a fresh perspective on matters that affect you every day, such as the environment, public transportation, housing and homelessness, mental health and other issues that impact communities across Niagara
  • Give advice on policies, programs and services that affect you and other young people in your community
  • Identify gaps and barriers, and suggest ideas to increase participation in Regional programs and services
  • Promote engagement in local government and explore issues of diversity and multiculturalism
  • Review meeting materials before the meeting and complete assigned activities
  • Participate in working groups, where needed, and work with panel members to identify projects for the future
  • Attend six meetings, or more if needed

Membership and term

The panel is comprised of 12 teens with different backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints - one from each of the 12 municipalities in Niagara. One Regional Councillor serves as a volunteer on the panel.

Selected members will serve a one-year term, with an option to renew for a second year.

For more information, see the terms of reference.

Video: Youth Concerns on Climate Change

In June 2022, panel members served as delegates at the first ever Niagara Climate Change Summit where they called upon community leaders to take action.

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