The YMHC Youth Advisory Group had its first meeting in October 2018. Over 15 people attended our first meeting. We were clear that we would be inclusive and there would be no selection criteria for participating.
The YAG has been instrumental in video production, event organizing including our two Mental Wellness Community Fairs in August 2019 at Toronto City Hall and George Brown College, as well as community events, fundraising activities like Giving Tuesday and other activities.
Leading up to the Community Fairs, we met on a weekly basis from June to August. We meet at the York Community Center at Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue West. We normally meet monthly or bi-monthly. Some members attend university and are only able to participate in the summer. Some members have graduated and have full-time jobs. Most of the YAG are high school students.
We had our first YAG meeting in Hamilton in December 2019 at the YMHC office. We hope to build a stronger YAG presence in Hamilton.