Happy belated youth week everyone! For those of you who didn’t hear about it Youth Week is the one week in a year dedicated to telling youth how truly awesome they are.
As you can imagine, Youth Council had some pretty big plans. The biggest thing I participated in was the Youth Council’s first ever Youth Excellence Awards, which is basically another way of recognizing youth who are doing the right things and have great stories to share. We kicked off the afternoon with games (Wii, hula hoops, and some seriously awesome chalk murals), free food, and for the first time ever (at least that I’ve seen) bike-generated smoothies! I even got to try my hand at a little public speaking, by giving out a few awards.
We handed out nineteen awards in five categories: arts and culture, science and technology, volunteering and community, environmental leadership and strength of character. Each winner walked away with a big pat on the back from the City of Edmonton and one hundred dollars.
Over all the Youth Week kick off was a big success and recognised a lot of great young people who are doing lots of really cool things for the community.