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Youth encouraged to apply for 2020 Arctic Winter Games Youth Ambassador Program

Youth encouraged to apply for 2020 Arctic Winter Games Youth Ambassador Program

By Whitehorse Star on January 8, 2020

The Government of Yukon and BYTE – Empowering Youth Society are encouraging Yukoners aged 16 to 24 to apply to be a part of the Yukon Youth Ambassador Program for the 2020 Arctic Winter Games.

The Yukon Youth Ambassador Program will bring youth from around the territory to the Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse for leadership and volunteer opportunities. Participants will take leadership and life skills training, support federal, provincial and territorial ministers of sport meetings, volunteer for the Arctic Winter Games and meet other youth ambassadors from Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

“We are excited to help provide youth with opportunities to be a part of the Arctic Winter Games 2020,” said Minister of Community Services John Streicker. “This ambassador program will give young people skills and experiences, showcase our incredible young hosts and bring even more people out to cheer on Team Yukon. I encourage any interested youth to apply.”

“At BYTE, our mission is to create spaces for Northern youth to lead and we are excited to be part of a project that is creating more space for young people to do so,” said Executive Director of BYTE – Empowering Youth Society Shelby Maunder. “We can’t wait to spend two weeks learning new skills, networking and volunteering on the front lines and behind the scenes of the Arctic Winter Games 2020 with Yukon’s youth ambassadors!”

Youth will get the opportunity to take leadership and life skills training from BYTE and its partners, attend and help out at the ministers of sport meetings and volunteer at the Arctic Winter Games.

Applicants must be able to attend a mandatory training session from March 10 to 12 and be able to participate in meetings and Arctic Winter Games from March 13 to 24.

Two youth from Whitehorse and four youth from other Yukon communities will be selected.

Costs of travel to Whitehorse, accommodation and food will be provided as part of the program.

To be selected, applicants need to demonstrate their commitment to community involvement or leadership, show their commitment to a healthy lifestyle and provide two letters of reference. See the application form for a full list of selection criteria.

There are six available spaces in the program and the deadline to apply is January 18, 2019. Interested applicants can fill out the form and email it to leadership@yukonyouth.com, fax it to 867-393-2112 or bring it to the BYTE office at 404 Ogilvie St in Whitehorse, Y1A 2S4.

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