A new council has been created by Metro Vancouver, and is set to include teenagers for their thoughts on the community's growth.
In hopes of empowering the next generation, Tri-Cities young people are being encouraged to apply for a seat on the regional district's youth and education advisory group to provide input on the issues that matter to them.
Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra are all members of Metro Vancouver.
Five youth aged 13 to 18, potentially from any of the local municipalities, as well as five post-secondary students (18 to 25) and five K-12 educators will make up the 15-person panel.
Though voluntary, the district explained successful applicants will meet four times a year to discuss topics related to Metro Vancouver's regional development.
Panellists will also be encouraged to pose questions, comments and concerns about shaping future plans and policies.
"This panel will support Metro Vancouver to engage, educate, involve, and empower youth in the region," the district explains on its website.
"The panel will share comments and present recommendations to Metro Vancouver staff."
Possible topics up for discussion with the youth and education advisory panel include:
- Liquid waste, solid and drinking water management plans
- Water conservation initiatives
- Climate 2050
- Air quality programs
- Regional parks, development and planning
- Delivery of programming for K-12 students
The group is scheduled to meet in person weekdays after school at Metro Vancouver's head office in Burnaby (4515 Central Blvd.).
Virtual meetings, if necessary, are set to be held via a web-conference platform.
Tri-Cities youth interested in applying have until Feb. 3 to submit a panel nomination form.
For more information, you can visit Metro Vancouver's website.