Youth Council expected to add student voice to education sector
Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gord Wyant recently announced the members of the 2019-20 provincial Youth Council, a group of 12 high school students committed to improving their communities and empowering other young people in the province.
As members of the 2019-20 provincial Youth Council, students will have the opportunity to address meaningful issues directly with the Minister of Education and other government members, while also providing guidance on how to better engage students.
“Students have a critical voice in education and an important role to play in improving the future of our province, and I am looking forward to hearing their valuable feedback,” Wyant said. “Thank you to the school divisions and education organizations who took the time to submit nominations and support our students in making their voice heard.”
From the 51 nominations received by the Ministry of Education, 12 students were selected following an extensive adjudication and interview process. Each Council member attends a different school division and brings their own unique perspective, skills and background. Biographies of all 12 selected council members can be found on the Youth Council page of the Ministry’s website.
“I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to representing student voice, providing valuable insight on important issues and gaining a better understanding of education from a ministry perspective,” 2019-20 Youth Council member Jordan Verbeek said. “I am excited to be a part of impacting future education for students in Saskatchewan.”
The Youth Council’s inaugural meeting was held on October 19, where members sat down with Wyant to discuss topics of importance to them and their peers.