Youth are a vital force in the Columbia Basin and the Trust’s Basin Youth Network is tapping into that energy.

From Valemount to Yaqan Nukiy and many points in between, 28 Youth Networks work to collaborate, engage and connect more in their communities, creating new relationships and helping to advance the issues and interests that matter to them. It’s an opportunity to grow, learn and appreciate the experience of other youth.

Established in fall 2015 and renewed for three years in 2018, the network serves youth in several ways. On the community level, it aids and provides funding to the community youth networks. These work to increase local activities and opportunities for youth aged 12 to 18, enabling them to learn new skills and engage more with each other and their communities.

On the regional level, the Basin Youth Network brings together youth through regional or Basin-wide events like the Basin Youth Network Leadership Summit, hosted every two years. It also develops and delivers resources that address youth priorities, like an upcoming leadership training opportunity, and local youth coordinator priorities, like a mental health first aid course.

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