Hinton Youth Advisory Council (HYAC)
The Hinton Youth Advisory Council (HYAC) operates through a partnership between the Town of Hinton and the Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage with the purpose of engaging youth by providing them with mentorship opportunities and a platform to provide input into municipal processes.
The Hinton Youth Advisory Council will hold monthly meetings during after-school hours. Meals will be provided for participants.
Youth Councillors will be expected to:
- Engage youth and provide input into youth-related resources, projects, events, activities, and topics to be shared with Town Council
- Act as an ambassador for Hinton
- Participate in ad-hoc special projects
- Meet outside of the monthly HYAC meetings to advise on or participate in projects or attend Hinton Town Council meetings
- Produce two reports and presentations annually on HYAC activities to Town Council
- Act as a youth liaison with municipal authorities
- Promote community engagement of youth in community life and volunteerism
- Actively participate in HYAC activities and events
- Volunteer a minimum of six hours annually at a not-for-profit association in our community, or for community events hosted by the Town of Hinton.
Serving from October 2023 to September 2024:
- Councillor Hayden Amundrud
- Councillor Jayda Orr
- Councillor Emily Burlet
- Councillor Madison Testo
- Councillor Finn Crespeigne
- Councillor Sterling Mozel
- Councillor Heeral Tangri
- Councillor Adelynn Zimmerman
Councillor Albert Ostashek, CouncillorAlbertOstashek@hinton.ca
Councillor JoAnn Race, CouncillorJoAnnRace@hinton.ca
HYAC was established by Bylaw in 2019. It is traditionally composed of up to eight (8) students, two (2) Councillors, members from Town Administration such as the Youth Centre Coordinator, and the Operations & Programming Manager of the Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage.
Rooted in the principles of youth advocacy and governance, Council and HYAC will work collectively to ensure that youth are connected and meaningfully involved in community life and that the needs of Hinton’s youth are met.
HYAC has been formed to:
- Ensure the voice of youth is heard by decision makers in Hinton and elsewhere;
- Enable youth to learn about and support the Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage and the work of other community organizations;
- Provide insight to innovative, diverse youth engagement strategies and opportunities;
- Assist in the implementation of youth projects and activities;
- Connect youth by encouraging personal network-building and friendships;
- Encourage personal development and strong mental health in youth by providing a supportive environment and a platform to address issues that affect youth (e.g., bullying, self-harm);
- Provide youth with mentorship opportunities with Council and other community leaders; and
- Provide youth the opportunity to improve their public speaking and debating skills, learn the processes of municipal government, and create change within their community.
Up to eight (8) students between Grades 8 through 12 are appointed to HYAC annually at the Town Council annual Organizational Meeting typically head in late October. Each appointment spans October through to the following September.
If a student wishes to apply for HYAC, they must complete the Student Application Form and provide two (2) references.
If a teacher, school administrator, or community member would like to nominate a student for HYAC, they must complete the Student Nomination Form. The Nomination Form must be reviewed and signed by the student prior to submission.
Applications can be submitted in-person at Government Centre (131 Civic Centre Road) or by email at email@example.com.
Youth Councillors who fulfill their commitment to HYAC as outlined in Bylaw 1169-1 will be awarded $500.00/term in bursary funds upon graduation with proof of enrollment in post-secondary studies at an accredited post-secondary institution, including trade and technical schools. Bursaries must be claimed within two years following Grade 12 graduation.
Satisfactory attendance: Youth Councillors will only be permitted two consecutive unexcused absences per term under a maximum of four excused absences total. Meeting times and dates will be provided to Youth Councillors at least four weeks in advance.
Volunteering: Youth Councillors will volunteer a minimum six (6) hours over the course of their term at a local community non-profit organization