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YOUTH VITAL SIGNS | Metro Vancouver is Me
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Youth Spaces

A place to call our own.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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Create and promote more youth-only spaces (like all-ages venues)

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More affordable spaces (e.g. youth discounts at community centres)

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Invest in better quality spaces

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More accessible spaces (e.g. longer hours, transit-friendly routes)

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The Arts

When art thrives, so do we.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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Reduce costs and increase funding

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Promote youth art and events

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More support for arts and culture

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More arts education

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Youth Voice

If it affects us, we should be involved.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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More meaningful decision-making opportunities (e.g. at City Hall and in school)

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Support, engage, and motivate youth

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Promote importance of youth voice

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Re-evaluate current electoral process (e.g. lower voting age)

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Sustainability

Caring about tomorrow, today.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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More action-based programs (e.g. recycling, composting, reducing carbon footprint)

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Access to resources and education on sustainability issues

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Invest in alternative modes of transportation and infrastructure (e.g. transit and biking)

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More green and clean neighbourhood spaces

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Transportation

Public transit should be accessible to those who need it most.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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Improve public transit system (e.g. increase frequency, services, and safety)

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Reduce cost of public transit

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Reduce price of gas

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More alternative transportation (e.g. bike lanes and co—op cars)

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Safety

Crime statistics are down. Why are we still worried?

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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Improve public safety and reduce violence (e.g. more security and better transit safety)

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More education about bullying, drugs, gangs, and sexual exploitation

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Improve relationship between police and youth

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Improve justice system effectiveness

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Poverty

You don’t have to live in poverty to feel its effects.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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More support for people living in poverty

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Reduce cost of living and raise minimum wage

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More affordable housing

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Improve economic policies (e.g. tax structures to reduce poverty gap)

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Youth Housing & Homelessness

More housing options, fewer restrictions.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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More affordable housing

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More long-term sustainable housing options (e.g. rentals and co—ops)

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Invest in homelessness prevention and intervention

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Lower the cost of living

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Health & Well-Being

It’s about more than waistlines.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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More youth-oriented recreation options

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More education and awareness about healthy lifestyles

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Reduce cost of fitness and community centres

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Better access to and awareness of youth clinics (e.g. reduce wait times and costs)

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Mental Health

Awareness is one thing. Understanding is another.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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Better understanding of related issues to reduce stigma

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Improve service accessibility and awareness

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More services and resources (e.g. offer counselling at school)

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Invest in substance—use prevention and harm reduction

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Education & Learning

Quality Education + Critical Thinking = Valuable Learning.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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Better curriculum and grading system (to prepare us for post-secondary)

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Reduce cost of education and increase school funding

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More alternative education programs and awareness

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Reduce class sizes

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Employment & Training

Without work, we can't get experience. Without experience, we can’t get work.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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Create jobs and work experience opportunities

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More job training and readiness programs

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Better awareness of workplace rights (e.g. address unpaid internships)

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Increase minimum wage

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Culture, Identity & Belonging

Our strength lies in our differences.

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Top 4 Priorities / For the next year

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Cultural awareness through events and festivals

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More education for youth about power, diversity, and inclusion

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Better awareness by general public of discrimination and racism (e.g. Aboriginal and LGBTQ2S issues)

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Address systemic and covert discrimination

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