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Youth Advisory Committee
What: The purpose of the Youth Advisory Committee is to advise, guide and help lead the work of the I Have Something To Say project, particularly in our efforts to elevate the voices and perspectives of children and youth with special needs. How: We meet once a month at the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth in person and/or by phone, video conferencing, Skype, Google Hangout or any other means needed to facilitate contact and communication. Meetings are opportunities to share, learn, connect, have fun and participate in social change projects. Who: The Youth Advisory Committee is made up primarily of children and youth (under the age of 24). The committee is comprised of no more than 15 members at any given time. Membership is based on participation. Members of the committee are diverse in age, capacity, culture, lived experience and background. What we share is a passion for making life better for children and youth with special needs. Adult staff and volunteers provide support (Provincial Advocate staff support make up no more than two positions on the committee). It's important that the committee is "by and for youth". Attendant care workers are welcome in supporting participation. Additional support needs and assistance (including service animals) are welcome. Other assistance can be provided when necessary. When: The Youth Advisory Committee meets one Saturday a month at the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. To find out more, please contact the Youth Advisory Committee Lead, Janis Purdy.
Email: advocacy@provincialadvocate.on.ca

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