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30 W ith the 2015 Federal Election quickly approaching on October 19th, it is important for Youth Centres to think about how they will get involved and educate their youth on Canada's political happenings. Many who attend youth centres are still too young to vote, but that does not mean youth centres should not have a relationship with Canada's politics. Now is also the time to think about the relationship Canada's political parties have with youth and youth organizations in our country. We spoke to various youth centres across Canada, and all of them agreed that it is important for youth to be engaged with our country's political activity. Will White, the Programs & Promotions Coordinator at Youth 2000 Centre in Newfoundland, was one of such people. The Youth 2000 Centre has many political resources and programs, and they are one of the many youth centres who are going a long way to educate youth on Politics in Canada. Will told us: "Youth voting and participation in such matters has been decreasing over the last few years, which is discouraging to see and experience. The youth are the future of Canada, and if they're uneducated about their future it's likely they'll grow up ignorant to many issues that so many people face daily. We can only ensure a better future if everyone involved understands and is willing to help improve it." Many youth centres already have various programs and resources in place to engage youth in the upcoming election, and even more have plans to offer them as the election nears. Youth Centres Canada is dedicated to helping youth realize their full potential to become knowledgeable, engaged citizens and residents of Canada. Youth centres all over the country have many programs in place to assist with this goal, including workshops, meet & greets with local members of parliament, pamphlets curious youth can read should they choose, and even tours of the parliament buildings! There are various websites and surveys online that youth centres use as educational tools that teach youth about relevant issues facing our society, and help them get an idea as to which party they may wish to stand behind someday. For youth who are old enough to vote, many youth centres provide resources with information on how to vote, where to vote, and information about each party's campaign is readily available. It is important that youth centres are a safe place to have open and healthy debates and discussions on politics, as nothing gets youth interested like talking amongst themselves about it. Political conversation should be welcomed and encouraged in your space. Your local youth centre can get involved with politics no matter where in Canada you are! So you don't live near Ottawa? No "The world we live in remains strong because of the ties of solidarity that we – women, men and young people – forge among ourselves and because of the care we show toward one another." – Governor General Michaelle Jean (2010, House of Commons on behalf of Stephen Harper's conservative government) Let's Get Political! P r e p a r i n g f o r t h e 2 0 1 5 F e d e r a l E l e c t i o n By Victoria St.Michael "[I'll tell them that] young people aren't just the leaders of tomorrow, they're the leaders of today. Their voices matter … the things they do now can have a tremendous impact to change the world, right now." – Justin Trudeau (The Globe and Mail, 2012)

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