The London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) exists to ensure that youth voices are heard and integrated into local public policy decisions. The LYAC believes that the optimism, idealism and passion of youth can be leveraged to change the way that London addresses the challenges facing the future of our City.
The LYAC council has 15 members, all between the ages of 15 and 25, representing each of the 14 wards of London, with a 15th representing Western students specifically. Youth Councillors have weekly conversations on a variety of issues, from carding, to Education, to Transit, and more! Youth Councillors do the majority of their work between meetings: attending community events, holding focus groups, interviewing local community leaders, and facilitating community development projects. Council terms run from May 2017 to May 2018.
Some Important Dates to Consider
Application Period: March 1st – April 8th
Mandatory Training Session: April 22nd
Campaign Period: April 23rd – April 29th
Voting Period: April 30th – May 6th
Elections Results: May 11th
“I’m Ready to Apply, Now What?”
1) Selecting your Ward
In order to apply, you’ll need to figure out which Ward to run in! London is divided into 14 electoral wards; and each one has a LYAC Youth Councillor. You can check out the map here: https://www.london.ca/city-hall/city-council/pages/electoral-ward-map.aspx . You don’t have to live in a particular ward to run as Youth Councillor for that ward; however, your voters reside in that ward, so it needs to be easily accessible to you. You can change which ward you are running in anytime until (and including) April 22, the day before the campaign period begins.
2) Fill out our application here. The application is easy to fill-out, and will serve as your bio for our website, and as a way to get you thinking about your campaign.
3) Someone from the LYAC will contact you soon after you submit your application to set up a call, to explain next steps. We’ll also give you the history of the LYAC and answer any questions that you have about this experiment!
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