“We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future.” - Franklin D Roosevelt
T – Together
E – Everyone
A – Achieves
M – More
A bit corny, isn’t it? But it couldn’t be more true!
Establishing and maintaining partnerships is an important way that the City of Warman conducts business. One of the partnerships that the City of Warman is incredibly proud of is the partnership that has been formed with the youth of our community. A few years ago the City of Warman developed the Student Council Representative position on the City of Warman Council. This position allowed youth from the community to participate in their local government in ways that they had never been able to before.
With the partnership, it was evident that benefits for both parties were created. The City of Warman Council was able to develop a new relationship with the youth of the community and gain powerful insights into what they needed from their community and what they saw for the future of Warman. The youth of the community had an opportunity to learn, share, empower, mentor and most importantly build their confidence in the future of their community as well as their own personal future. Through the youth involvement, a new relationship was formed, and one that remains one of the most important for the City of Warman Council.
The youth of the community are filled with the hope and excitement of the future, and this hope has transformative powers and energies that are so important to communities such as Warman. Through the involvement of the youth in this partnership, the City of Warman Council has had the chance to build trust, create a new level of engagement, develop feelings of empowerment and efficacy, and create a new degree of connection between the youth and the community. The City of Warman Council truly believe that if the youth in the community are given opportunities to lead, the youth will become much more confident in leading others and developing their leadership skills. Through their involvement on the City of Warman Council all participants have had firsthand experience seeing democracy work and have learnt that you cannot just set goals and priorities and cross your fingers. They have learnt that you need to work hard to create a plan and strategy and see it to the end, something that is important not only in democracy but in life as well. It is the hope of the City of Warman Council that the experience provided to these youth is something that will benefit them in all of their future endeavors.
This year the City of Warman was fortunate to have grade 12 Warman High School student, Aleya Anderson, as the 2015-2016 Student Council Representative. Aleya was a fantastic addition to the City of Warman Council. While she may have been a bit shy at first, Council witnessed Aleya’s transformation into a confident youth who was comfortable in this new and exciting role. With Aleya’s involvement in academics, sports, and arts she truly brought a very unique perspective to the Council table both at the Recreation Committee meetings and the Regular Meetings of Council. Her ideas were innovative and she brought forward concerns that were important to the youth of the community. Having Aleya as a voice around the table also had a very positive impact on promoting youth initiatives locally and outside the borders of Warman and Saskatchewan to her peers. The City of Warman Council is very proud to have had Aleya as part of their team and have gained so much from her perspectives.
With her graduation quickly approaching, Aleya will soon be moving on to the next chapter of her life. This fall Aleya will begin her studies at the University of Saskatchewan where she will be working towards a career in medicine. There is no doubt that Aleya will be successful not only in her studies but in all things that she decides to do. Aleya is a determined young woman who has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside.
From all of us on City Council, we wish Aleya all the best as her future unfolds.
“The youth are the HOPE of our future” - Jose Rizel