“À toi la parole!”: A Youth Consultation Space in Parc-Extension

“À toi la parole!”: A Youth Consultation Space in Parc-Extension

On Tuesday, April 30th, the district of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension is set to host an engaging event tailored for its younger population, specifically those aged 12 to 17, at the Parc-Extension Library located at 421 Saint-Roch Street. Scheduled from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM, this event encourages the youth to voice their ideas and discuss issues that are important to them, thereby shaping the future of the Parc-Extension neighborhood.

The evening will kick off at 4:15 PM with a welcoming session for all attendees, followed by an icebreaker activity at 4:30 PM to warm up the environment. At 4:40 PM, there will be a presentation explaining the workings of the district council which aims to demystify the municipal processes for the youngsters. This will be an excellent opportunity for them to learn about local governance firsthand.

Following the presentation, at 4:50 PM, the participants will engage in “The Talking Walls” workshop, an interactive session where they can express their thoughts and opinions creatively. The next workshop, “My Neighborhood’s Publication,” starting at 5:10 PM, will allow them to put forward ideas that could be featured in local publications, fostering a sense of community and involvement.

The arrival of the district’s elected officials at 5:50 PM will mark another highlight of the evening, providing an opportunity for direct interaction. The officials will start with a brief introduction and then participate in the “The Image of My Neighborhood” activity at 6:00 PM, which includes a meal. This activity is designed to facilitate a more relaxed and engaging discussion between the youth and their representatives.

The event will conclude with closing remarks by council members at 7:25 PM, summing up the insights and ideas shared throughout the evening. Additionally, the participants will benefit from free meal tokens and STM transit tickets (two-way) to ensure easy access and a comfortable experience. A raffle at the end of the event will also offer prizes, adding an element of excitement to the evening.

“À toi la parole!” is more than just an event; it’s part of a broader initiative aimed at creating a youth consultation space within the district. This project has seen various phases, including interactions with significant figures such as the district mayor Laurence Lavigne Lalonde in 2023, and city councilors from different districts sharing their insights with the local youth in February 2024. This continual engagement highlights the district’s commitment to incorporating the views and aspirations of its younger residents into its developmental plans and policies.

This event not only promises a platform for the youth to express and develop their ideas but also acts as a bridge between them and the municipal authorities, fostering a community-oriented approach to local governance. Through dynamic workshops, direct dialogues with elected officials, and various interactive activities, the “À toi la parole!” event on April 30th is set to be a cornerstone in empowering the youth of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension and enhancing their role in the civic landscape.