Hinton Youth Advisory Council
The Hinton Youth Advisory Council 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.
Representatives from the Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage, Town Council, and other community leaders will be in attendance at meetings to provide mentorship opportunities for HYAC Members to develop skills to effect change today and in the future.
Students who fulfill their commitment to HYAC will be awarded a bursary upon graduation, with proof of enrollment in post-secondary studies, up to a maximum of $500 per annual appointment term.
Eligibility for bursary payment requires:
- Active participation and involvement in HYAC activities and events, including attendance at a minimum of five meetings during the appointment term
- Volunteering a minimum of four times annually at a not-for-profit association in our community, or for community events hosted by the Town of Hinton, as approved by the Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage or the Town of Hinton.
The bursary will be awarded to eligible HYAC Members once proof of paid enrollment in post-secondary studies has been provided to and approved by the Town of Hinton. This may include apprenticeship and other accredited programs. Bursaries must be claimed within two years following grade 12 graduation.
Eight students enrolled in grade 8 through 12 will make up the Hinton Youth Advisory Council. Students can be enrolled in any local school or through a home schooling program.
Members 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 four times annually at a not-for-profit association in our community, or for community events hosted by the Town of Hinton