Canada's History Youth Committee

Youth Committee

The Canada’s History Youth Committee is composed of up to 13 youth from across Canada to provide Canada’s History Society with their ideas on shaping the Heritage Fair and Young Citizens programs. The Youth Committee will help identify opportunities to improve the programs and will work on projects to implement those changes. The Youth Committee may also be invited to provide input on other youth programs and initiatives offered by Canada’s History.

Purpose

  • To provide a youth perspective on Heritage Fair and Young Citizens programming;

  • To provide insight on outreach strategies that will represent and mobilize a national network of youth; and,

  • To provide a mentoring opportunity for young Canadians interested in history and heritage.

How it works

The Youth Committee will meet via teleconference eight to ten times per year. 

Proposed Dates and Times of Meetings

This schedule is subject to change.

Meetings will generally occur on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm Central Time via teleconference. Youth Committee members will be expected to attend all meetings. The following dates are proposed:

  • February 11, 2020
  • March 10, 2020
  • April 7, 2020
  • June 2, 2020
  • September 15, 2020
  • October TBD
  • November TBD

Role and responsibilities of a member

  • Works closely with fellow Youth Committee members and Canada’s History staff to provide input into youth-related resources and web content;

  • Attend all meetings;

  • May be expected to meet outside of the meetings to advise on or participate in projects;

  • Participate in ad hoc special projects as they arise;

  • Act as an ambassador for your region and spokesperson for the program; and

  • Attend local or provincial/regional heritage fairs.

Why join?

  • Develop leadership skills in a national setting and gain volunteer experience;

  • Have your opinions heard and impact the future of the Young Citizens program;

  • Connect with peers and the greater heritage community; and

  • Learn and strengthen skills in communication, leadership, teamwork, visioning and planning.

Who can apply?

  • Have participated in the Young Citizen program; and

  • Are between the ages of 14 and 18.

Application process

Applicants must fill out the form on Canada’s History website. You will need to provide:

  1. Applicant information

  2. Resume detailing your previous volunteer or leadership experience

  3. Letter of support from a teacher, volunteer or work supervisor, group leader, etc.

  4. Three personal responses: 500 words or less, responding to the questions:

  • Why is it important for young people to engage with history?
  • What does the Young Citizens program look like in the future? Share one or more ideas that you have to strengthen the program through projects, awareness or engagement.
  • What unique skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the Youth Committee?

Selection Criteria

Individuals will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Applicants meet the eligibility criteria;

  • Applicants demonstrate an interest in history; and

  • Applicants demonstrate an enthusiasm for participating in the Youth Committee, through their project ideas and unique skills.

Canada’s History staff will review all completed applications. One Youth Committee member will be selected per province and territory.

Language

To facilitate national conversations, preference may be given to students who can communicate in both French and English. Where that is not possible, separate meetings may take place in French and in English and Canada’s History staff will translate and share meeting notes to members of the Youth Committee.  

Diversity

The recruitment and selection process will honour and promote diversity on the Youth Committee.

Accomodation

If applicants require assistance or accommodation in the application process, please contact Brooke Campbell at bcampbell@canadashistory.ca.

Deadline

All applications must be received by January 20, 2020.

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