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First Call’s Youth Policy Solutions Day a huge success!

The Youth Policy Solutions Day lunch and rally organized by First Call on October 24 in Victoria was a huge success, with widespread media coverage and participants from around BC.

The day started with a lunch next to the legislature, attended by over two dozen MLAs, including Premier John Horgan and many cabinet ministers. Former youth in care shared their experiences at the lunch, addressing the need for better supports for financial thriving, housing, mental health supports, tuition waivers and Indigenous cultural connections.

After lunch, youth and other allies held a well-attended rally on the steps of the legislature. Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and BC’s Representative for Children and Youth Bernard Richard thanked the youth for telling their stories and sharing their vision for change. Some street theatre followed, with youth ‘knocking out’ homelessness, poverty and social isolation with boxing gloves representing the policy solutions proposed by the youth.

Congratulations to Dylan Cohen, who coordinated the day for First Call, Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change initiative staff, volunteers, speakers and all those who contributed so much to making the day a huge success!

Times Colonist coverage here and an editorial here.

Article in The Tyee here.

 Advocate Ruth Barclay on CBC’s The Early Edition here.

Read the full policy recommendations brought forward on October 24 here.