FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Youth Engagement Initiative, which engages high school students to develop their leadership skills, will start this fall.

“Our government is proud to implement this initiative to help young people develop their leadership skills and reduce the risks associated with alcohol and drug use, bullying, truancy and criminal activities,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “The program is a natural extension of the Integrated Service Delivery initiative that is now offered in several parts of the province.” 

The initiative is led by youth and supported by adults. The provincial government reached a service contract with Partners for Youth, a non-profit organization working in the field of the personal development of young people, to manage its implementation.

As part of the initiative, Partners for Youth will organize a youth forum in each region of the province. These forums will bring together young people and adults in a series of workshops and discussions on important topics.

Partners for Youth will launch the program this fall on the Acadian Peninsula and in Charlotte County, and will expand it to other parts of the province during the next two years.

The initiative is part of the Action Plan for Mental Health in New Brunswick. The Department of Health is also developing the Network of Excellence for children and youth who are experiencing mental health problems. The network will include programs such as Integrated Service Delivery and the development of the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Youth.

More information on this program is available in the eBook that explains the New Brunswick Youth Engagement Initiative.