Meet AMO’s 2020 Youth Fellows

February 04, 2020

AMO has launched its inaugural Youth Fellowship Program. The AMO Youth Fellows Program provides an opportunity for three young people (ages 30 and under) from across the province who are interested in municipal government. They will immerse themselves in all things AMO and municipal over an eight-month period as a complement to full- time studies or work. The Fellows will be matched with a mentor on the AMO Board and will participate in AMO Board Meetings, AMO Task Forces and the Annual AMO Conference.

 

Emilie Leneveu

Emilie Leneveu
A Loyalist College Biotechnology advanced diploma graduate and valedictorian, Emilie has a particular passion for climate justice and reducing inequalities. Emilie believes that youth representation is required at all orders of government and that education, equity and the environment should be key pillars in all policy. She was formerly an outreach coordinator for Let's Talk Science and is a mental health advocate and speaker with Jack.org. Emilie is a member of the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair Board, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) Youth Advisory Group, and The City of Belleville’s Economic Development and Destination and Youth Advisory Committees. Emilie was awarded the 2019 Daughter of the Vote representing the Bay of Quinte riding. She is interested in municipal politics as she enjoys working closely with constituents in a bipartisan way. Emilie is looking forward to working with AMO to further engage youth in her community, as well as across the province.

“I am excited about this fellowship opportunity to improve my youth engagement and retention advocacy. I am looking forward to connecting with the AMO Board and receiving mentorship from municipally-elected officials.”

Graham Taylor

Graham Taylor
Graham is currently a student in the Public Administration and Governance Program at Ryerson University. Politics and local government has long been an interest of his, and this interest was further developed after having the opportunity to serve on the Community Recreation Taskforce in Graham’s home municipality, the Township of Chatsworth. Upon completion of the program, he is planning to return to the Chatsworth and work in the municipal sector to make a difference at the local order of government and across his community.

“I am excited for the upcoming term with AMO to learn more about local governance, youth in politics and the way our communities function. I am also excited to network and meet dedicated professionals from across the province.”

Raghed Al-Areibi

Raghed Al-Areibi
Raghed is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying International Relations at Western University. Her program has prepared her for the work of international and domestic politics; however, she has displayed a strong commitment to municipal politics as well. Her interest for municipal politics stems from her experiences within the City of London community that range from being a part of Youth Councils and the Children’s Health Foundation, to working towards the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Witnessing firsthand, the issues Londoners face, Raghed hopes to use her experience with AMO to enhance her skillset in order to run for local office one day and bring about the change that she believes her community needs.

“What excites me most about the fellowship opportunity is the role we, as young people will have, as part of the conversation by bringing different ideas and creativity to the table. I am also extremely excited to get the opportunity to shadow and learn from prominent members in municipal politics.”

 

For more information about the 2020 Youth Fellowship Program as part of AMO’s Youth Engagement Strategy, please visit AMO’s Youth Engagement page.

 

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