On the heels of the first Regional Youth Climate Action Conference, there will be a Youth Leadership Summit coming to Courtenay in March. Black Press file photo

Inaugural Comox Valley Youth Leadership Summit coming to Courtenay

Be prepared to be impressed and be inspired!

The inaugural Comox Valley Youth Leadership Summit (CVYLS) takes place on Sunday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stan Hagen Theatre in Courtenay.

The event will feature foreword-thinking youth presenters as they speak on topics of social justice, entrepreneurship and community engagement.

The CVYLS is open to individuals of all ages and features presentations covering a broad array of social issues, including environmental activism, inclusion and diversity, queer rights in health care, mental health and wellbeing, consent and anti-harassment culture, outdoor education and more.

“Attending this day of transformational inquiry is a unique opportunity for community activists, educators, coaches, action groups, entrepreneurs and life-long learners of all ages to witness and support the forward momentum of youth-led, community-based, social change,” notes Taryn Goodwin, event organizer.

“Participants can expect enriching keynotes, interviews, music, and more that will be sure to inspire and educate.”

The Comox Valley Youth Leadership Summit is a youth-led and organized event with a mandate to enhance social change in a passion-driven community through the elevation of youth voices. The CVYLS came to life inspired by two local entrepreneurs enthusiastic for social change and community development, Liv Veenstra and Taryn Goodwin.

“There are so many exceptional young people in the Valley doing great work. We wanted to create a platform that unified this passion and collective capacity for positive social change in our community.”

Anyone interested in attending the event can buy tickets online ($85) or at the door ($100). Those who can’t attend in person can still take part via livestream or even check it out later through a featured podcast. The podcast will be made available on the CVYLS website following the event on March 22.

A fully catered lunch will be provided by the Pickled Carrot, with options for varying dietary needs.

“We couldn’t be more excited to present this opportunity to the Valley. And we couldn’t have done it without the generosity and support of the Comox Valley Community Health Network, Community Foundation, North Island College, and many other community donations.”

To purchase tickets and/or help sponsor the event, please visit www.cvyouthleadershipsummit.com

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