No lie – joining the National Youth Council has been a life-changing experience for each and every one of us. There have been so many skills learned, memories made, and laughs had. Working with these girls and being able to make a real difference in the organization is an experience that none of us will forget. This council has given us a platform to speak up on issues that matter to us and to other girls. Girl Guides has given us a place where our voice is heard and valued.
With applications now open to join the National Youth Council, we’ve rounded up our favourite things about being part of this team:
- We’ve met amazing people who are dedicating their time and energy to creating a better world for girls Throughout our time on the National Youth Council, we’ve had the opportunity to meet dozens of amazing people, from the wonderful women on the Board of Directors to the girls in our own communities. These inspirational figures have motivated us to work towards achieving our own goals and passions. Everyone is committed to the goal of creating a better world for girls and by girls – and it shows through all of the time they take out of their busy lives to be a part of this amazing organization.
- Forced out of our comfort zone – in a good way! We’ve had to do many things that have frightened us, but the youth council has been there to support us along the way from speaking as a part of a panel at the youth forum and getting up and presenting to the Board to speaking to other Girl Guides on behalf of the organisation. Stepping out of our comfort zone has allowed us to grow as individuals. Things that used to seem scary are now some of our biggest strengths. Growth is an important part of self-development and having a support network around you cheering you on and being there when you are nervous is a truly valuable asset.
- Learning to work as a team with a unique group of individuals The council represents girls all over Canada, each with a unique voice. We all know that teamwork can be difficult at times, and the Council is no exception. However, through working with this group of extraordinary individuals, we’ve honed our conflict resolution skills while becoming more aware of a variety of perspectives.
- Upskilling our communication skills Through in-person meetings and trying to put together a presentation when we’re separated by multiple time zones to working over teleconference calls without the ability to articulate your view with body language, the youth council has given us a variety of ways to further our communication skills. Having great communication is already a difficult skill to master but being part of the National Youth Council has allowed us to master a variety of communication platforms.
While we all have our differences, everyone on the council is there for a common purpose: to make a positive impact in our communities and in Guiding as a whole, which enables us to put aside our differences to ensure that the voices of girls are heard. The National Youth Council is a chance to highlight changes girls want to see in Guiding on a national level while learning new skills, exploring different cities, making friendships that will last a lifetime, AND getting awesome crests and Guiding swag. So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on your chance to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and apply today! Applications close July 8, 2019.
Guest post by National Youth Council members Carolyn Huang, Emily Lints, Emily Vandermeer