Youth board sets priorities

  • Oct. 26, 2012 8:00 p.m.

The new Gwaii Trust Youth Board has set its priorities for the coming year.Last year’s board funded $130,000 worth of initiatives for youth, while this year’s board has a budget of $150,000, plus $19,000 unspent from last year.Shelley Sansome, the non-voting adult chair of the youth board, said that the youth set priorities for the year at the October 14 meeting in Port Clements.Priorities include supporting outdoor education camps (Mt. Moresby, Swan Bay and Rediscovery), increasing the amount of after school/weekend activities for youth, and providing workshops to youth on topics such as drug awareness and anti-bullying.The board voted to spend $20,000 to assist with youth programming in the north end, $20,000 to hire a youth coordinator in the south end, bursaries for secondary students, $10,000 for a one-day youth symposium and two $60,000 youth program allocations.Ms Sansome said the appointments are one year terms and there’s a mix of returning and new directors.The youth board for 2012/13 directors are: Old Massett – Jaadaljuus Yakujaanas, CHN Massett – Chloe Good, Graham Island North – Tianna Grosse, Graham Island Central – Jesse Condrotte, Area E – Michael Berg, Graham Island South – Chasz Hodgson, Skidegate Band Council – Khataya Brown, CHN Skidegate – Brandon Gibbard.