CBYF seeks to shine the spotlight on unsung young leaders


A youth advocacy organization in Prince Albert wants to put deserving young residents in the spotlight through the Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) project.

CBYF Prince Albert invites nominations that showcase young people who demonstrate positive leadership, resilience and commitment to the community. These contributions will be highlighted on the City of Prince Albert’s electronic notice board and social media as community change agents.

“We wanted to create the opportunity for the community to receive the gift that young people have given to our community and give them that recognition,” said CBYF coordinator Alex Powalinsky.

“We want young people to feel a sense of belonging and connection to our community, and for people to see the young people in our community as an asset. “

Powalinsky said there are plenty of opportunities to honor young people in Prince Albert, but they mostly focus on sports or academics. Ideally, she would like to see recognition from residents who have shown leadership in other areas.

“We want to be able to showcase young people who are breaking the cycle, young people who are the first in their families to go to college or young people who are behind the scenes, volunteering at many community events to try to raise opportunities for other young people, ”she explained. “A lot of these successes go unnoticed or go unrecognized. “

CBYF is entering year two of the five-year project. Powalinsky said they spent the first year recruiting a youth leadership table to get their point of view. One of the main recommendations emerging from these discussions was the nomination of young people for public recognition.

“We are really looking forward to seeing the nominations come from the community and being able to nominate as many young people as possible,” she said.

Applicants must be between 14 and 30 years old to be nominated. To nominate someone, visit http://cbyfpa.ca. The nomination period ends on November 30.

The CBYF was started by the Prince Albert Urban Indigenous Coalition, the Community Networking Coalition and the West Flat Citizens Group. The project is funded by the Apprenticeship Branch of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) with additional support from the Tamarack Institute.


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