Monday’s Governance and Priorities Committee session saw conversation about a proposed funding model for the Lloydminster Youth Council.
The present structure sees the Youth Council having to apply for grant funding dollars through Lloydminster Family and Community Support Services (FCFS). The proposal would see Council giving the youth organization an annual amount.
Deputy Mayor Glenn Fagnan is heading up Council over the Summer months as Mayor Gerald Aalbers is on vacation. Fagnan discussed the debate as some Councillors had concerns about the proposal.
“It might be precedent-setting when we are dealing with other groups and non-profits. There was a comment made by our Executive Director Tracy Simpson indicating that many municipalities work with youth councils and that this is not an uncommon practice, to have this type of funding.”
The key supports in the proposed three year agreement call for:
- $7,500 in annual funding
- $3,000 in-kind access to City facilities
- 120 hours of Administrative support.
No decision will be taken at this time.
Fagnan indicated that Council will be asking for more information on this matter. He recognized the importance of youth being involved in the Community.
“My theory is that when you have got young individuals that are participating in the community, they see what value that they can bring. They tend to enjoy the community a lot more and it would certainly be my goal to see them come back to this community after they have completed their secondary education, or if they are doing a trade, that they are staying in the area. I think that is so important.”
The next Council meeting is scheduled for July 19.