A Grade 12 student leader from Warman High School (WHS) is one of about 100 young Canadians attending the Forum for Youth gathering in Ottawa this week.
Karanjit Bola is a member of the WHS student representative council and also sits at the Warman City Council table as a non-voting youth representative. He is a delegate to the national Forum for Youth conference in the nation’s capital February 3-8.
The Forum for Young Canadians is a week-long program which occurs three times per year in Ottawa. During each session young people aged 15 to 19 learn about federal and provincial parliamentary politics, policy, and international trade. During the session, youth meet with elected leaders, senators and staff on Parliament Hil. They also tour Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor-General.
During the week-long forum, participants get hands-on experience in Parliamentary democracy through a simulated election, a simulated Cabinet meeting, simulated World Trade session, and a simulated federal-provincial conference.
The goal of the national Forum for Youth, which has been operating since the 1970s, is to encourage youth leadership in all levels of government.