Canada’s First Youth Policy
The Federal Government announced on February 13, 2018 that they will be seeking feedback from youth on the creation of the country’s first youth policy. Young Canadians are invited to share their perspectives via an online survey and are encouraged to participate in in-person sessions that will be held across the country over the next few months. To guide the development of the youth policy, dialogue will:
- Identify issues that are important to youth and have an impact on their daily lives and futures.
- Examine the type of support that enable all youth – regardless of their background – to be leaders of today and tomorrow.
- Assess initiatives that are already in place – and identify new actions that can be taken – to improve the lives of young Canadians.
Share your thoughts at www.youthaction.ca by clicking on “Share your ideas”.
Information on a Richmond in-person session is TBA.
For more information contact Krista Germyn, Youth Services Coordinator at
Respectful City and ERASE Bullying
The City of Richmond and School District 38 have partnered to create the Respectful City Committee to raise awareness about ERASE bullying and help create a respectful, safe, caring and connected community that values individual differences. The Respectful City Committee encourages supporting diversity and respect year-round.
ERASE bullying is an opportunity to promote bullying prevention in our community. Also known as “Pink Shirt Day”, wearing pink on February 27, 2019 symbolizes the intolerance of bullying and demonstrates how everyone can be a part of the solution. It originated when two Nova Scotia Secondary students gave pink shirts to people in their school to wear in protest, after discovering a younger student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. This day has evolved into a province wide awareness campaign to ERASE bullying (www.erasebullying.ca).
The Respectful City Committee created a contest for youth to express themselves artistically by submitting a poster that demonstrates the ERASE bullying message that Richmond is a respectful, safe, caring and connected community that values individual differences.
This opportunity was open to all Richmond students. A selection panel reviewed all the submissions and selected one poster design, which will help promote ERASE bullying and a respectful city throughout the community, online and through social media. The contest for 2019 is now closed. The next opportunity to submit a poster will re-open November 2019.
Positive Ticket (POSI tickets)
The City of Richmond and RCMP have partnered to develop this program. The idea of catching youth doing positive actions provides a powerful gateway to developing positive relationships between police, youth workers and youth, often having a profound effect on the youth and others involved.
Youth who receive a POSI ticket are given access to safe, positive activities, as well as provided with resources, and a great way to connect with their community through recreation.
Youth Services Street Team
The Youth Services Street Team was created to take the message of supporting youth and building developmental assets into the community. Street Team members deliver key messages, from a youth's perspective, to further promote asset building. Look for the Youth Services Street Team at community events around Richmond.
Richmond Youth Media Program (RYMP)
The Richmond Youth Media Program (RYMP) is a free program for youth ages 13-24 years. Participants learn media literacy skills that are relevant to their interest and will be placed in a supportive environment where they can engage with positive role models. Programming includes drop-in sessions (during which supervised youth can work independently) and a variety of structured sessions.
For more information, visit http://www.richmond.ca/medialab