The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Sandy Collins, Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this Honourable House to celebrate how collaboration and research is supporting and encouraging youth volunteers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
On April 22, representatives from the Office of Public Engagement, Radhoc Youth Leadership, and Memorial University’s Department of Political Science, the Community Sector Council, and Memorial’s School of Social Work joined forces through an interactive workshop to discuss ways to foster youth involvement.
Mr. Speaker, volunteers have long been integral to Newfoundland and Labrador, but we need new volunteers and fresh perspectives to help ensure our communities remain strong and welcoming places to live. The more connected that someone feels to a community, the more likely they are to stay, work, and raise a family. For rural communities, this is what contributes to their long-term sustainability and viability.
Through the workshop, which was inspired by a collaborative initiative underway in the Gander – New-Wes-Valley Region called Uniting Community Leaders, 45 young people from diverse backgrounds spoke about ways to strengthen rural communities in this way. They also explored research collected by Radhoc Youth Leadership members Jennifer Crowe, Ryan Murphy and Sean Kennedy – who are joining us in the gallery today.
Mr. Speaker, working together, the Radhoc team reached into the community to gather information and unique experiences from more than 180 youth over the past few months. It is also worth noting that one of the founding members of Radhoc is working with us in the Youth Engagement Division of the Office of Public Engagement, where she is focused on building strong partnerships with youth organizations. As we speak, the office is also preparing for tonight’s URock Volunteer Awards at the Glacier in Mount Pearl, where we will celebrate the incredible volunteer efforts of young people. I invite everyone to join us in person, or through the webcast at urockvolunteerawards.ca .
Mr. Speaker, with their skills, enthusiasm, and ingenuity, youth are helping Newfoundland and Labrador move forward at a critical point in our history. By providing them with forums to connect and explore ways in which they can contribute, we will help to ensure they have the supports needed to remain true leaders in their communities.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Representatives from Radhoc Youth Leadership. From left to right: Ryan Murphy, Sean Kennedy, and Jennifer Crowe – May 14, 2015
Sean Kennedy, Committee Member, accepting the 2015 Volunteer Club, Society, or Resource Centre of the Year Award, presented by the Memorial University Student Volunteer Bureau at the 29th Annual Volunteer Day Awards.
The Provincial Government encourages collaborative efforts and research that will support youth volunteers in Newfoundland and Labrador. On Wednesday, April 22, staff from the Office of Public Engagement, Radhoc Youth Leadership, Memorial University's Department of Political Science, the Community Sector Council, and Memorial's School of Social Work will join forces in an interactive workshop to discuss barriers, successes and best practices to foster youth involvement in communities.
"Volunteers have long been the backbone of Newfoundland and Labrador, but we need to ensure we have new volunteers, new blood, and fresh perspectives to help ensure our communities remain strong and welcoming places to live. I encourage people to register for the workshop and join in the discussion on how our entire society will benefit from helping young volunteers develop the skills they need to be effective leaders across the province."
- The Honourable Steve Kent, Deputy Premier and Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Engagement
The workshop, which takes place tomorrow at Memorial University at 7:00 p.m. in room UC-3018 of the University Centre, is inspired by a collaborative initiative underway in the Gander - New-Wes-Valley Region called Uniting Community Leaders. The initiative aims to discover what strategies can be put in place to support both youth and the community sector through volunteerism. Partners will deliberate on opportunities to strengthen rural communities and discuss research completed by Radhoc Youth Leadership, who have used collaborative workshops to collect data from over 180 youth over the past few months.
"Youth have the capacity to drive new ideas forward to make community organizations successful, sustainable and relevant. Involving youth in volunteerism is both vital for the community sector, and critical for the personal and professional development of the youth involved. Community volunteerism helps youth develop valuable skills, gain valuable connections and give back to the community. It contributes to the well-being of the volunteer, the community organization, and the community at large."
- Jennifer Crowe, Coordinator and Researcher, Student Volunteer Bureau, Memorial University of Newfoundland
To register for the workshop, visit https://radhoc.typeform.com/to/q8qxQ For those unable to attend in person, a webcast version of the presentation is available by contacting Jennifer Crowe at email@example.com.
The Provincial Government today highlighted collaborative efforts and research to support youth volunteers in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Staff from the Office of Public Engagement, Memorial University's Department of Political Science, Radhoc Youth Leadership, the Community Sector Council, and Memorial's School of Social Work will join forces in an interactive workshop to discuss barriers, successes and best practices to foster youth involvement in communities.
The workshop takes place tomorrow (Wednesday, April 22) at Memorial University at 7:00 p.m. in room UC-3018 of the University Centre. All are welcome. Register at https://radhoc.typeform.com/to/q8qxQ
Further details on how to get involved can be found on Facebook .
A webcast version of the presentation is available by contacting Jennifer Crowe at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John’s high school students participate in the 2014 MUN student-organized Radhoc Youth Leadership Program. The annual event inspired the Glocal Justice resource’s pedagogy, which is “designed to mirror the Radhoc principle that all learning be: Innovative, interactive, independence-building, inspiring and impact-making,” said Beth Peddle. Facebook photo.
The Honourable Steve Kent, Deputy Premier and Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Engagement, will speak at the Radhoc Youth Leadership Conference on Sunday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Breezeway Bar, Memorial University Centre, 1 Arctic Avenue, St. John's.
Radhoc Youth Leadership encourages social innovation and global citizenship for young people in Newfoundland and Labrador and is one of 39 organizations supported by the Provincial Government through the Grants to Youth Organizations program. For more information on Radhoc, visit radhoc.ca/.
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