pcyiPCYI’s Youth Advisory Council is unique group. Fifteen dedicated volunteers, ages 14-24, meet monthly to help represent the voices of their peers in Peel. They take the lead on consulting their peers, make recommendations to inform priorities and work for youth in our region, and run their own initiatives for youth based on what they think is important. Before PCYI does anything for youth, we come to the Council first.

Council members are passionate about making things better for young people in Peel and eager to contribute. Three members sit on the PCYI Board of Directors as full voting members. We are proud of our Youth Advisory Council and hope that members find their volunteer career with us meaningful and a way to build their skills.

For National Volunteer Week, and every week, we extend our sincere thanks to our Youth Advisory Council! We couldn’t do our work without you.

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PCYI’s Youth Advisory Council

Volunteer spotlight: Children’s Charter of Rights ambassador, Naomi Ishmael, takes on new role with Youth Advisory Council

The Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI) Youth Advisory Council marks National Volunteer Week by welcoming a new member. Naomi Ishmael, the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights ambassador, has joined the Council to continue improving opportunities for her peers in Peel.

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Naomi Ishmael (far right) presenting the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights to RBC Royal Bank on National Child Day 2012 to recognize their commitment to the right to education.

Naomi, a Brampton native, began her volunteer work with the Peel Children and Youth Initiative in 2010 as the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights child ambassador. The Charter was established by Success By 6 Peel, an arm of PCYI, along with 4,000 children across the region. The charter’s 12 rights, in the words of children, are woven into the daily work of PCYI and its partners, guiding our visions, missions and outcomes. Naomi has played an instrumental role in raising awareness about the rights of children across the region.

Now 15, Naomi will be working alongside her peers on the PCYI Youth Advisory Council. This group supports and informs the development of PCYI’s research and strategic initiatives to ensure that the region-wide, system-level plans made for youth in Peel are actually driven and shaped by the opinions of youth.

“I’m glad that I’ve been blessed to have many opportunities to impact the quality of life for the children and youth in Peel,” says Naomi. “Everything that I have done so far is an eye-opener due to the fact that I realize what a privilege it is to live in a region where they value the rights and opinions of the children and youth.”

The Peel Children and Youth Initiative and its partners thank Naomi and the Youth Advisory Council members, for their significant contribution to improving the lives of children and youth in Peel. They have a unique passion for making things better for young people in Peel and we recognize their dedication and commitment.

Naomi Ishmael (far right) making a presentation on children’s rights in Peel to newborns and their parents at William Osler Hospital on National Child Day 2011.
Naomi Ishmael (far right) making a presentation on children’s rights in Peel to newborns and their parents at William Osler Hospital on National Child Day 2011.
PCYI thanks its Youth Advisory Council for Volunteer Week (April 12-18, 2015)