Here at CFN we firmly believe that youth engagement empowers young people to have a voice in the decisions that affect their daily lives, Further still, getting youth to participate in activities and decisions that, in the end, adults ultimately control is not real engagement. Authentic youth engagement means young people have real authority and responsibility, while being provided with the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to make good decisions. For community organizations and policymakers, this means working in partnership with community youth, instead of simply providing services to them. By extension, the youth of a community thus become agents of change themselves instead of simply being targeted for change by external forces.
Actively engaging youth is not only a path to a better community, but a positive result in and of itself. Youth learn about the goings on of their communities and more importantly. how to make better places and spaces for both themselves and those around them.
CFN would like to thank the government of Canada for lending an ear to the young voices of our community and CBC coming down and shining some light what are truly important issues to all of Calgary. Most of all CFN sends out a heartfelt thank you to all the young people of Calgary's Syrian youth community who took the time to come out and offer their thoughts and ideas. This night was for you and we look forward to working together as you lead our community into the future. For more photos of the event CLICK HERE.