YWCA Halifax’s Youth Advisory Council, is a committee of young women ages 16-30, advocating and advising on program management and activities. The council members build their capacity for civic engagement through planning and leading youth events and community projects.
- Over 50% of Canadian women will experience violence at some point in their lives and young women under the age of 25 experience the highest rates of violence
- Assaults against girls account for 79% of the total cases of sexual assaults against children and youth
- The YWCA girl-only youth programs seek to increase girls’ awareness about violence and root causes, while exploring identity, and building capacity, self-esteem and empowerment
Girls today often face shortened childhoods, largely because there are so many pressures on them. They face pressure to dress a certain way; pressure to appear older; pressure to try using drugs, and alcohol; and, sexual pressure from classmates, online sources, and the media. Our staff works collaboratively with our Youth Advisory Council to develop programming to empower today’s youth to make positive, healthy choices.
Our youth are our future. We are striving to create a world where women and girls are empowered to use their voices as a mechanism for creating lasting change. Youth are central to our mission. Thanks to your support and to the recommendations offered by our Youth Advisory Council, we are able to help over 300 girls increase their self-confidence and leadership skills each year.
We are building leaders.