May 21, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick youth are being invited by the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth and the Population Growth Secretariat to apply to attend the Big Splash Provincial Youth Summit to be held May 30 to June 1 in Fredericton.
The summit will seek youth input on population concerns, and will result in the development of a youth-driven action plan to address retaining youth in the province.
"Encouraging the youth of our province to be part of our future is one of the most important things we can do to achieve self-sufficiency," said Greg Byrne, minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat. "In order to accomplish this we must examine the issue of youth retention, and this summit will be the important first step in developing an action plan."
The event will bring together youth, government, community and business leaders to participate in a comprehensive consultation on matters of population growth and youth engagement. Youth between the ages of 15-24 are encouraged to apply to attend the summit to further develop ideas around the main themes that emerge from the consultation.
The summit will be held at St. Thomas University's Forest Hill Complex, Rigby Hall Residence, 468 Forest Hill Rd., Fredericton.
Space is limited to 100 participants. Application forms may be found online at www.youthinfo.ca/www.infojeunesse.ca, or may be requested by calling the Advisory Council on Youth office at 506-453-3271.
The summit is a follow-up to the Advisory Council on Youth's latest Rock The Boat youth consultation process, entitled Here Today, Here to Stay! This consultation has been underway since February, and has involved youth throughout the province in a series of community forums.
"The Advisory Council on Youth is happy to partner with the Population Growth Secretariat for this important initiative," said Kara Hachey, chair of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth. "The council has held 20 consultations with youth throughout the province in advance of the summit, and we are encouraged by how concerned youth are about their role in the province's future."
To find out more about the Big Splash summit or the Here Today, Here to Stay! Rock the Boat tour, visit the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth website, or call 1-888-830-5588. Those interested may also sign up to receive information and updates concerning other council initiatives.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Kara Hachey, chair, or Ivan Corbett, executive director, New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth, 1-888-830-5588 or 506-453-3271; Brendan Langille, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-5070.