At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential – both as individuals and citizens. We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future.
Start Talking is a place where we want to raise awareness of key issues that face today’s youth. We will sometimes advocate, sometimes educate, sometimes inform, sometimes ask questions and always invite discussion about the pressing concerns that involve the younger generations of today.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

YOUth in Action

On November 5th Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) partnered to host the first annual YOUth in Office: JOB SHADOWING DAY ON PARLIAMENT HILL.

Young people aged 15 to 25 had a chance to learn about career opportunities from MPs and Hill staffers. There were 60 youth and 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) who spent the workday together as part of a joint initiative to inspire young people about the working world and some of the job options associated with politics and government in Canada.

We had all party leaders involved in the Job Shadowing Day event, some pictures are attached. My personal favourite, we had youth matched with the Prime Ministerand they met at 24 Sussex Drive (Prime Minister's home) to accompany him to work. The Prime Minister also marked the event honoring the 100th anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

We also had Minister Candice Bergen kick off the breakfast with opening remarks with 120 individuals attending breakfast.

The day was truly inspirational, watching the youth moving around Parliament Hill, gaining access to closed committee meetings on Aboriginal Affairs, meeting a Minister from Honduras and discussing youth engagement, seeing a coke machine from 1958 still being stocked with pop in the sub-basement at Parliament Hill and writing speeches for MP’s and having lunch with Ministers in the Parliamentary restaurant.

The MP’s and staffers were hugging the youth as they dropped them off, indicating it was so refreshing to spend time with these youth and would do it again and telling the youth to stay connected. They had indicated that they could not believe how much that they themselves got out of the experience.

The youth from Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC)were our best ambassadors!

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