Minister’s Youth Council Applications Now Open

The Alberta government is once again seeking applications from junior and senior high school students for the Education Minister’s Youth Council, from now until Wednesday, March 24.

Every year Alberta Education selects roughly 40 junior and senior high students between the ages of 14 and 19 from across Alberta to provide input on provincial. This year the ministry is recruiting at least 32 new members from across Alberta, as well as up to eight returning members from the 2020-2021 council.

Applicants must be junior or senior high school students between the ages of 14 and 19 (as of September 1, 2021) who are passionate about education. Students are selected based on their experience and knowledge, demonstrated commitment to community service, and leadership and teamwork skills.

Students who are selected for the 2021-2022 Minister’s Youth Council must commit to a ten-month term that aligns with the school year. The council will convene for three meetings during the term. All COVID-19 precautions will be followed, which may mean virtual meetings.

The Minister’s Youth Council serves a vital function in advising provincial education ministry personnel on matters impacting students’ lives. As such, council members are expected to:

  • be active and responsible members;
  • attend all meetings;
  • share diverse student perspectives with the Minister of Education;
  • work with one another and Alberta Education staff to provide input on education topics.

If this sounds like an opportunity you would enjoy, you should do the following:

  1. Read the Minister’s Youth Council Fact Sheet for important application information.
  2. Get your parent or guardian’s permission, as your application package requires their consent.
  3. Apply online by March 24.

Selected candidates will be notified by the summer, at which time information packages will be sent to council members and their guardians, with further information to help council members prepare for their role.

Posted on: February 21st, 2021