March 4, 2010
MONCTON (CNB) - The provincial government will be investing more than $500,000 during the next two years to strengthen partnerships among young people and organizations working on their behalf.
Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert made the announcement during the Youth Research Symposium in Moncton. The funding will go toward a series of initiatives and activities organized by New Brunswick youth.
"Promoting a culture of youth engagement and empowerment is critical to the future success and self-sufficiency of our province," said Albert. "The development of a comprehensive and provincewide youth strategy will go a long way toward achieving that goal."
Albert was speaking on behalf of Education Minister Roland Haché.
The funding will be providing by eight departments that deal with youth:
The following have formed a steering committee implementing the New Brunswick Youth Strategy:
"Working together will allow us to develop a common vision and a plan to assist youth develop to their full potential," said Alexis Couture, youth strategy co-chair. "Through the consultation and working groups, youth will have an opportunity to share, discuss, and direct the future of New Brunswick."
During the next year, the youth strategy process will address:
"This initiative is an important societal project and everyone - youth, parents, teachers, community groups and government - are invited to share their thoughts and vision on youth so that the strategy will be the beginning of a renewed province," said Couture.
To date, consultations have started in the schools as well as with community focus groups. Community groups will also be invited to submit a brief on their perspectives on the changing role of youth and their needs. The briefs should be submitted to the New Brunswick Youth Strategy from Monday, March 15, until Saturday, April 10. For further information, contact Patricia Duffy, manager, development and consultation, New Brunswick Youth Strategy, email@example.com, or at 506-857-0940.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Geneviève Mallet-Chiasson, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455; Murielle Gagné-Ouellette executive director, New Brunswick Youth Strategy, 506-857-0940 (office) or 506-874-1372 (cell).