by Tracy Tunstall
The Powell River Youth Advisory Council is back in action in our community, looking for new youth and supportive adults to move our initiatives forward!The Powell River YAC is not your typical youth group. Founded in 2001 and maintained year after year through the hard work and dedication of Powell River resident Hugh Prichard, YAC was formed with purpose of supporting young people in our community to have their voices heard. Since then, YAC has played a vital role in engaging youth in our community. After a short break while funding sources were sought and secured (always a challenge, especially for youth), YAC has re-emerged as a healthy (and fun!) option for interested young people in our community. Through a partnership between School District #47, Vancouver Coastal Health, the City of Powell River, and Powell River Child, Youth and Family Services Society, YAC gives interested young people an opportunity to make a difference in their community. YAC members work together with other supportive adults in our community to create action plans that address issues that they see affecting our young people. YAC engages youth to get involved in their community and feel they are contributing in a positive way. The overriding goal is to engage other community youth in healthy, fun activities, and help to make Powell River a more youth-friendly community.