1. Superintendent’s Youth Council

H.2.
Superintendent's Report
September 6, 2017
To:
Board of Trustees
From:
C. Lewis, Superintendent of Schools
Subject:
Superintendent's Council
Originator:
K. Shipka, Assistant Superintendent - Learning Services
Resources:
C. Aschenmeier, Learning Services Supervisor
RECOMMENDATION
That the Board of Trustees receive a report on Grande Yellowhead Public School Division’s
creation of a Superintendent's Youth Council as information.
REPORT
Background:
Grande Yellowhead School Division recognizes the importance of student engagement and
student voice. We support Alberta Education’s belief that student voice plays a critical role in
shaping every level of the education system and the educational experience. Student
engagement initiatives include:
● Empower students as leaders of their learning
● Provide students with opportunities to build positive working relationships with
education partners;
● Engage students as leaders of change within their communities
● Support leadership development for students at school and community levels
● Honour the capability and capacity of students to engage as authentic education
partners.
Context of the Recommendation:
The Superintendent’s Youth Council will allow students to build positive working relationships
with others across the division, lead by example in their schools, provide valuable input on
education initiatives and participate in leadership opportunities.
Council Members will be composed of five high students per high school and these students,
including indigenous students, will be chosen from those who demonstrate a diverse range of

interests, identities and perspectives, are passionate about and willing to share experience
knowledge and skills, and are interested in leadership opportunities both at the division and
school level. *Please see the attached the 2017 - 2018 Superintendent’s Youth Council
Student Information Package. The Council members will meet up to three times per year.
Conclusion:
The Superintendent’s Youth Council will provide an excellent opportunity to prepare high school
students for success and the decisions that affect them and require their voice and
engagement. Engagement in educational issues and working collaboratively with each other
will allow students to serve as leaders in their schools, engage their peers in conversations and
lead change through action projects. The Superintendent’s Youth Council will engage students
as leaders for change within their communities and Grande Yellowhead Public School Division.

Superintendent’s Youth Council
Engaging student voice in district planning and improvement is vital. Students on the GYPSD
Superintendent’s Youth Council will provide their perspectives on educational issues. GYPSD
prepares students for success and the decisions that affect them require their engagement and
voice.
The Superintendent’s Youth Council will allow students to:
● Build positive working relationships with others across the division
● Lead by example in school
● Provide input on education initiatives
● Participate in leadership opportunities
Council members, will meet up to three times a year to discuss issues that matter to them and
interact with the Superintendent of Schools to share their ideas and perspectives on education.
Students will serve as leaders in their schools, engaging their peers in conversations, and
leading change through action projects.
Identifying Students
Each High School will select five members to sit on the Superintendent’s Council. The students
identifies should
● have a diverse range of interests, identities and perspectives;
● be passionate about and willing to share experience, knowledge and skills; and
● be interested in leadership opportunities at the division and school level.

2017-2018 Student Information Package
Surname:
Preferred Name(s):
Primary Contact Number:
Secondary Contact Number:
Email Address:
Home Address:
Town:
Postal Code:
School:
Grade:
Parent/Guardian Authorization and Declaration
:
● I confirm that I am the parent/legal guardian of the child identified above.
● I confirm the information provided by my child in this Application Package is accurate,
complete, and truthful.
● I understand that my child has been selected to participate in the Superintendent’s Youth
Council including a public profile limited to name, photo, and brief description of my
child’s skill set will be publicly disclosed by Grande Yellowhead Public School Division
through division newsletters, websites, and social media accounts to promote the
Superintendent’s Youth Council and its activities.
Please specify your relationship. I am the child’s
____ Parent
____ Guardian
Phone Number:
Surname:
Given Name:
Signature:
Date:

Student Questionnaire
Help us to get to know you better by completing this questionnaire.
Everyone experiences school and learning in different ways. What are some
memorable experiences you have had at school? What are some areas you
might want to improve?
Every person has unique gifts, talents and perspectives that they share with the
world. As a student, what unique gifts, talents, experiences and perspectives
can you bring as a member of the council?
Tell us about your efforts to contribute positively to your community.
Please tell us about a time when you have led a positive change or mobilized a
group to help your community.

What experience do you have with planning or organizing? Tell us of a time
when you planned or organized an event or activity. What was the outcome?
What life experiences or perspectives will you bring to the council that would
make you an asset to the team?

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