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YOUth in Office

26-May-2016

Local Youth Joins 100 Peers from Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs to Job Shadow MPs on Parliament Hill

Local Youth Joins 100 Peers from Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs to Job Shadow MPs on Parliament Hill

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(Tillsonburg, ON – May 26, 2016) Kierra Plunkett, aged 17, will proudly represent Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ingersoll, Tillsonburg & Area and young citizens across Canada as she visits Parliament Hill on May 31 to job shadow a Member of Parliament and become a more civic-minded Canadian.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) are once again partnering to host the third annual YOUth In Office: JOB SHADOWING DAY ON PARLIAMENT HILL and give young people a one-of-a-kind hands-on experience.

Approximately 100 youth and 100 MPs will spend the workday together as part of a joint initiative to inspire young people to become more engaged citizens by exposing them to politics and the democratic process in Canada.

“I am very excited for this opportunity,” said Kierra, a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ingersoll, Tillsonburg & Area. Kierra has been a Little Sister with the agency for the past 10 years.

Recent polling shows that a strong majority of Canadians believe that young people have too little influence on public policy in this country. YOUth In Office puts these young people on a path to building that influence.

“At Big Brothers Big Sisters we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Deb Landon, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ingersoll, Tillsonburg & Area. “Events like YOUth In Office are, in essence, mentoring opportunities, which

build confidence in young people and result in positive outcomes in mental health,employment, inclusion and civic engagement later in life.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada are committed to improving educational and career outcomes for all youth. Before spending the day with MPs, participants will take part in a preparation day that will include a meet & greet, media training, networking, and skill-building.

For more information, visit www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca and www.bgccan.com or follow the #YouthInOffice hashtag.