The Airdrie Board of Youth Affairs (ABYA) was first formed in 2005 with the goal to empower youth in Airdrie to deal with issues that affect them. In 2013 members began the process of rebuilding and redefining the goals and structure of the group, leading to the current incarnation of the youth council. This year the group is taking a massive effort to become visible in the community by utilizing various digital and social media platforms in order to gain recognition and achieve our goals for community betterment.
The values of the Airdrie Board of Youth Affairs consist of respect, social awareness, leadership, challenge and making a difference.
The vision of the Airdrie Board of Youth Affairs is to empower the voice of youth and play a critical role in the betterment of the community.
To educate and empower the youth community by providing advice to City departments, City Council and the broader community on issues that affect youth.
To serve as a bridge between City Council, youth, and the community by functioning as an advisory body to the City of Airdrie that provides a voice for Airdrie youth.
Act as Advocates for Airdrie's youth
Plan and participate in events and projects in the Airdrie community
Participate in training and education opportunities that enhance our knowledge as it relates to community needs
The Airdrie Board of Youth Affairs will advise the City of Airdrie on:
Youth involvement in the planning and development of City services and programs
How the views of youth can be solicited and conveyed to Council
Matters relating to policy and strategic development