Baccalieu Beat: A Voice for Youth on the Baccalieu Trail

By: Melanie Saunders, Baccalieu Trail Youth Council
"A Grade 12 student at Ascension Collegiate, Melanie Saunders
represents the Southern Region on the Baccalieu Trail Youth Council"

September 16, 2020


Opportunities are all around the Trinity-Conception area - especially if you are a youth between the ages of 15 - 29 years. By voicing your opinions and concerns through the proper channels, making a difference to the lives of youth in the region becomes a reality.

Young people have many options available to helop them become leaders of tomorrow. An excellent way to explore these options is by participating in the Baccalieu Trail Youth Council (BTYC) and its various initaitives.

The BTYC is looking for your opinion with regards to the hardships associated with the transition from secondary to post-secondary, or rual to urban, and the problems of gaining successful employment in the area as well as the province.

It is a reality that many youth are having difficulties finding a job, deciding what to do after high school or university/college, and many of them feel there is nothing for them in this area.The BTYC recognizes this problem and is taking a proactive approach by hosting a "Your Life - Getting On With It!" conference where you will have the opportunity to voice your opinions with regards to the serious education and employment conditions in the area as well as the province.

Your voice will be heard by other youth, government agencies, government representatives, community stakeholders as well as youth organizations and groups in the region. This conference will also offer the opportunity to become an elected member of the BTYC. If elected, you will have the opportunity to take action on initiatives such as student debt, out migration, educational opportunities, unemployment, and much more! Being a member means that many opportunities area made available to you, your voice is heard, and making a difference becomes a reality because the BTYC strives to better benefit the youth of the area as well as to protect and ensure a bright future for the province.

If you are interested in attending the "Your Life - Getting On With It!" Conference or joining the BTYC, this is a perfect chance! It will be taking place on October 4, 2020 at Fong's Restaurant in Carbonear from 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Robyn Frampton (Youth Coordinator, Mariner Resource Opportunities Network Inc.) by e-mailing [email protected]

This initiative is pending funding from Human Resources Development Canada, Harbour Grace Regional Office.