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The faces of citizen participation

Conseil jeunesse de Montréal (2002)

The voice of youth

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Montréal created the Conseil jeunesse de Montréal (CjM) in 2002 to take into account the concerns and opinions of young Montrealers ages 12 to 30 years and invite them to participate in decisions that concern them. This was one of the priorities identified at the Sommet de Montréal.

In addition to submitting opinions to the municipal administration on issues concerning young people, the 15 members, representative of the diversity of Montréal’s youth, maintain constant ties with elected officials and the territory’s various youth organizations. They carry out numerous forward-looking projects, including the Journée des jeunes Montréalais.

The CjM also represents Montréal abroad. For example, CjM members attended the International Peace Conference in Hiroshima in 2011, and were among a delegation of eight young Montrealers sent to the Shanghai 2010 World Expo to promote Espace Montréal.

« I joined the Conseil jeunesse de Montréal three years ago to play an active role in youth development by facilitating links with elected officials and promoting citizen participation. I am proud to witness the implementation of our recommendations, such as the BIXI public bike system and the professional mentoring program. The CjM is living proof that perseverance pays off, as it can take some time to bring a project to fruition.»

Jessy Thermil, vice-président

Members

The members of the CjM are civilians appointed by city council following a public call for nominations. Since its creation, 80 young people have sat on this council.

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