The City of Montreal, in collaboration with Montreal’s Youth Council, is holding a series of public consultations to evaluate the lines of communication between the youth and the City. The floor will be open to people between the ages of 12 and 30, so even the not-so-very-young folks such as myself can make themselves heard.
What motivates young people to become involved citizens? Do young people have access to the services and information that interests them? Do youth feel they can make their voices heard?
Young people’s experience of public space is a topic that I have been delving into since I wrote about it here so I plan on attending at least one or two of the meetings. In all, there are four dates and locations:
On the topic of communication…I found out about this consultation only because I was fortunate enough to stumble upon an advertisement in tiny-print in the pages of the Journal Métro (my bike was in the shop so I was stuck on transit for the weekend). Further searching took me to a press release with the exact same text on the City of Montreal web page (pdf). Based on these descriptions, it sounds like the city and Youth Council are following the formula where where audience members take turns on the microphone addressing a panel of elected officials. The press release promises that introductory documentation about this consultation is available at the Accès Montréal offices or on these websites: www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/commissions and www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/cjm. As far as I can tell, the first site has no clear connection and the second is a dead link.
Any ideas come to mind on how the City might improve communication with youth?