How to Engage and Include Young People
Justin Johnson, President, Fédération de la jeunesse
Josée Vaillancourt, Chief Executive Officer,
Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (FJCF)
Involvement of young people in civil society is essential for a municipality or community to function well and thrive, but it can at times be quite challenging. How can we get young people interested and include them in the Francophone and Francophile Cities Network we are building in the Americas? While there is a wide range of ways to get involved in one's community, it is essential we increase the opportunities for francophone youth in minority situations to integrate into the various levels and areas of municipal affairs. Citizen participation must be recognized as the pivotal factor to foster youth engagement and a sense of belonging to the community and French heritage.