Forum participation connects young Canadians with politics

Ottawa – The Forum for Young Canadians program gives our country’s students exceptional insight into how our political processes work. This in turn helps create politically-literate communities across the country according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, MP Carol Hughes.

Hughes met with Frederic Deibel, a Forum participant from Nairn Centre who studies at École Franco-Ouest in Espanola.  Deibel spent a week in the nation’s capital studying politics and public affairs in action. The program aims to engage young Canadians in ways that classrooms and textbooks are unable to. 

Not only do these students get to know the ins and outs of politics, the 15 to 19-year-old participants get the opportunity to meet with peers that share their political passion and help them build an issues-oriented social network.

 "Forum is a great opportunity for young Canadians like me to get an in-depth look at the country and learn about politics and also to get to know yourself as well," said Deibel.

Hughes and Deibel discussed what the program means to participants and what they learned and loved during their time in Ottawa. “It’s nice to see the FFYC help individuals see that there are a lot of participants across the country who share their passion,” says Hughes. “This is particularly important for young people from smaller towns who might not have many options to discuss these subjects among their peers.”

“Forum really helps students get a feel for how Ottawa works. It broadens students’ perspective and helps them decide what they might want to study after high school,” said Hughes. “Many of the participants I’ve met show that they are on the right path to becoming leaders. Forum helps students realize their potential to make changes in the world.”

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