Stefanie Chen (left), Melody Cheng, Rohan Gupta, Josh Lin, Matthew Geng, Emma-jane Burian and Sophie Collins hand out free turkey soup and buns at Centennial Square Tuesday night as part of a City of Victoria Youth Council initiative. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Stefanie Chen (left), Melody Cheng, Rohan Gupta, Josh Lin, Matthew Geng, Emma-jane Burian and Sophie Collins hand out free turkey soup and buns at Centennial Square Tuesday night as part of a City of Victoria Youth Council initiative. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria Youth Council warms hearts and stomachs with free soup in the square

Youth-driven, grassroots program works to create positive impact in Victoria

The City of Victoria Youth Council spent Tuesday evening spreading holiday cheer, bundled up in jackets and smiles, passing out free soup and buns in Centennial Square.

“We collaborate on initiatives to create positive change in Victoria and the surrounding communities,” said Emma-Jane Burian as she offered up a bowl of turkey soup.

Victoria’s City Council approved the establishment of the City of Victoria Youth Council in 2005.

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The youth-driven, grassroots program, emphasizing leadership and skill development to help youth access City Hall, meets once a week at the Quadra Village Community Centre.

The group, made up of students from a variety of schools around Greater Victoria, are drawn together in their mutual desire to take action and raise awareness about issues important to youth.

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Youth aged 14-24 who live, go to school, work or access services in the municipality of Victoria, who want to create positive change and make recommendations to the municipal government on behalf of youth are encouraged to get involved.

More information is available on the website cvyc.ca.


 

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