New Westminster youth are getting a chance to learn about civic engagement and local government from city hall.
The City of New Westminster is launching New West City 101, a youth leadership and skills development program that will teach New Westminster youth aged 13 to 18 about their city, how their municipal government works, and how to proactively engage on issues that matter to them. During this eight-week after-school program, students will learn about how the city is run and how decisions are made, as well as learn about topics including parks, housing, land use, the local economy, transportation and sustainability planning, and more.
New Westminster city staff, council members and community partners will lead the sessions that will run in April and May. Participants will also have the opportunity to co-design projects and present them back to city council, staff, and the community.
Students who are interested in the program can apply online from Feb. 4 to 24 at www.newwestcity.ca/newwestcity101.