What is the City of Victoria Youth Council?

  • The City of Victoria Youth Council (CVYC) is a youth-driven, grassroots program that offers opportunities for civic engagement to youth who live, work, hang out or go to school in the City of Victoria
  • We are hosted by the BC Healthy Communities Society in partnership with the City of Victoria
  • We actively seek out collaborations and partnerships
  • We emphasize leadership and skill development to help youth access City Hall

Our Goal

  • To be the go-to group on municipal youth issues and initiatives in Victoria for youth, other community members, city staff, and elected officials

Our Objectives

  • Listen and communicate regularly with youth from all backgrounds and walks of life
  • Offer youth information and tools for engaging in municipal processes
  • Work with the Mayor, Council, and city staff to include youth perspectives and experiences in municipal processes and decisions
  • Take action and raise awareness about issues important to youth in collaboration with stakeholders
  • Make recommendations and lobby municipal government with, and on behalf of, the general youth population in Victoria

Our Core Values

We believe:

  • Youth are key stakeholders and should be included in decisions that affect them and their communities as a whole
  • Young people are capable individuals and bring many talents, assets, and abilities to municipal governance, Mayor and Council, city staff, and the community
  • Injustices and inequities should be recognized and addressed by youth and other community members

This Means:

  • We strive for inclusion with influence, not tokenism, within the CVYC and in our relationship with the municipal government
  • We are committed to reflecting the diversity of youth through our work
  • We are committed to learning, being challenged, and collaborating whenever effective, and
  • We strive to create a space that is respectful, inclusive, and fun for all participants

Background

Victoria’s City Council approved the establishment of the City of Victoria Youth Council (CVYC) in April 2005. CVYC was hosted by¬†Lifecycles Society between 2005-2009. In 2010, BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC) became the new organizational host.

Since local government commitment and community engagement are key to any healthy communities initiative, BCHC is able to provide CVYC with valuable capacity building expertise, resources and supports for connecting with decision makers and the community at large to ensure the youth voice is heard and acted upon.