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Youth Advisory Council

Supported through funding from the Doc Seaman Amateur Sports Grant, Fast and Female’s first ever Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was established in the Fall of 2021. This permanent advisory committee works alongside the core team to guide initiatives; For the Girls, By the Girls.

The current council is comprised of a total of 14 members with representation from six provinces & two territories. The council meets virtually via zoom, across all Canadian timezones, on the last Tuesday of each month to talk and brainstorm about development and delivery of F&F’s programming. From sport, health and physical activity to life experiences and community specific initiatives, these young leaders all bring their own personal drive to meetings.

Registration Process

Deadline: Applications are currently closed

Who: Self Identified Girls Aged 13-17

Program Contact: Rebecca Saldanha

Commitment: 1-4 hours per month, virtual (dependent on position)

Life Cycle

Our goal of the Youth Advisory Council is to build leadership skills for participants to take in to their future, and to continue helping Fast and Female empower girls with sport and physical activity by transitioning to the REAL Role Model program.

For many girls, sport participation is often the first step to gaining leadership skills which can be carried into adulthood. Unfortunately, many will not gain these valuable life skills, due to the fact that three girls dropout of sport for every one boy that does (Canadian Women & Sport, 2020). If this difference didn’t exist, there would be 85,000 more teenage girls involved in sports and, by extension, 85,000 future leaders; we’re on a mission to change this.

The skills youth will have opportunities to develop include: 

  • Public speaking
  • Effective Communication
  • Time Management
  • Confidence
  • Creativity
  • Program development

Available Roles

The Youth Advisory Council has developed different roles for its members to apply for. These roles are designed to support the growth and learning of the youth involved and Fast and Female.

Chairs (2): Members who are in key leadership roles, coordinating council endeavours; leading monthly Youth Advisory Council meetings and discussions while delegating action items. Advocates for the presence of the youth voice in meetings with the F&F Staff Team, BODs, ARRC as well as the rest of the F&F community. Assists in engaging council members through Slack communications via DM and channel messages. Works closely with the whole F&F staff team, while reporting to the Youth Program Coordinator and Programs Manager.

Operations (2): Members who are in key leadership roles, overseeing council’s administrative tasks; responsible for monitoring the Youth Advisory Council’s email and maintaining contact on their behalf, notifying members of tasks via Slack. Responsible for preparing and recording meeting materials, ensuring documents are appropriately stored via Google Drive and updating Slack channel with key takeaways from meetings. Works closely with the whole F&F staff team, while reporting to the Youth Program Coordinator and Programs Manager.

Fund Development & Community Outreach Officers (2): Members who work collaboratively with other executive members to further develop the Youth Advisory Council’s projects and opportunities for youth; responsible for assisting in tracking the council’s budget, writing financial proposals and compiling an ongoing list of potential grant opportunities for YAC. Connects with the community and F&F’s partners through outreach, grant and donor opportunities and attends meetings with potential and current donors/ partners. Works closely with Fund Development Team and reports to Youth Program Coordinator, while ensuring council members are involved and aware of potential Fund Development opportunities, campaigns and initiatives via Slack communications.

Reporting & Evaluation Officer (1): A member who assists with Data Management and Analysis for events, programs, campaigns and initiatives run by or involving council members, as well as the Youth Advisory Council program itself; responsible for participant surveys via Survey Monkey and Google Forms, as well as creating and assisting with Yearly Impact and data measurement reports. Works closely with Programs Team and reports to Youth Program Coordinator. This position’s time commitment may fluctuate based on current offerings.

Communications & Social Media Liaisons (2): Members who aide in boosting the Youth Advisory Council members’ presence via F&F’s social media accounts while advocating for the youth voice and audience; responsible for assisting in the creation of new social media campaigns, maintaining existing ones and communicating social media opportunities to council members via Slack. Responsible for researching and retrieving relevant content regarding current trends/ topics in the media and how it can be used to engage the F&F social media audience. Works closely with Comms & Social Media Team and reports to Youth Program Coordinator.

Programs & Events Liaisons (2): A member who works jointly with the F&F Programs Team and the Youth Advisory Council, creating opportunities for council members to be involved in F&F programming. Responsible for leading discussions on developing the council’s projects and opportunities for youth through F&F’s events and programs, assists in the development of other F&F program offerings, communicates upcoming Event and Program opportunities via Slack. Responsible for assisting in the planning and development of F&F’s youth portfolio, the Youth Network and bi-yearly YAC/ YN socials. Works closely with Programs Team and reports to Youth Program Coordinator.

In addition to the Executive and Programs Roles above, there is general membership which will still have the opportunity to be involved in meetings, discussions and events and campaigns. These members will act as a representative for their provinces/ communities, aiming to bring programming and initiatives to their local and sport communities.

YAC is now also looking to expand Fast & Female’s Youth Network (YN) and will be opening up their upcoming social events to other self-identifying girls ages 14-18.

Interested in getting involved with YAC or the YN? Have ideas on how we can provide better programming to youth?
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