The Honourable Patty Hajdu launches applications for seventh annual Constituency Youth Council on multi-school-tour stop at Hammarskjold High School.
Thunder Bay, Ontario, October 11, 2022 -
MP Patty Hajdu spoke to over a hundred high school students about the issues that matter to them, including the rising cost of living, climate change, and mental health. MP Hajdu reassured students that their voices as youth matter in politics and their communities, and that the Constituency Youth Council (CYC) is a space for them to share their voice directly with their federal representative.
“Youth are the leaders of today and the future. When elected representatives intentionally engage with younger generations about the challenges and solutions they see, powerful things can happen,” said the Honourable Patty Hajdu. “I want young people in my riding to know I’m listening. The youth council creates a space and dedicated time to hear young voices and ideas on a range of issues and topics.”
MP Hajdu tours elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools each year to give students a chance to learn about her role in Government and the House of Commons. Hajdu says, “One of the most common questions I am asked by young people is how they can get involved in politics. We talk about the many ways politics influences our lives from school or city council to provincial or federal legislatures. Youth are also passionate about creating fairer, healthier communities and eager to share their ideas. I encourage any youth in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding to continue the conversation by joining my 2022-2023 youth council. It should be an interesting year!”
· Youth must be living in the riding of Thunder Bay-Superior North and between the ages of 14-22 to be eligible, though some exceptions for age may be made
· Applications are open from October 11th – November 1st, 2022 · People can apply online at https://pattyhajdu.libparl.ca, or by visiting MP Hajdu’s social media pages @pattyhajdu
· The Youth Council meets about once a month in a hybrid model to ensure everyone has access, whether they are feeling unwell, on a tight schedule, or in more rural parts of Thunder Bay-Superior North