Youth Parliament of Manitoba will be having a One Month until session Flash Sale starting at 12:05am on Wednesday, November 26th and ending at 11:55pm! Enter the promo code “onemonth” and you will receive an additional $15 off registration. Go online to www.ypmanitoba.ca for more information and to register for the 93rd Winter Session!
Youth Parliament of Manitoba is happy to introduce the Youth Parliament of Manitoba Alumni Scholarship. This Scholarship will allow a member to attend session who might not otherwise be able to due to financial constraints. The inaugural installment of this award has been funded by the generous support of three of our esteemed alumni members: Ben Wickstrom (81st-83rd), Sachin Kumar (81st-83rd), and Steven Synyshyn (81st-83rd). The recipient is selected by these contributing alumni in coordination with the Board of Directors through networking with members of the Winnipeg non-profit community to find an interested and engaged youth that could benefit from and enjoy attending a YPM session. The Scholarship covers the registration fee and also includes additional funds for acquiring parliamentary attire and covering the cost of meals and other spending during session.
We are very excited to see the initiative materialize and look forward to welcoming the first recipient to the 93rd Winter Session. It is our hope that this new initiative creates another way for recent and older alumni to stay connected and contribute to YPM efforts. Alumni are encouraged to contact the Board of Directors if they are interested in contributing to this initiative in sessions to come and in so doing help to make Youth Parliament of Manitoba increasingly accessible for all Manitoban youth. Of course, many thanks go to Ben, Sachin, and Steven for initiating and supporting the inauguration of this excellent opportunity.
Interested alumni and other community members are also encouraged to consider our sponsor-a-member donation option which is new this year as well.
We are pleased to announce that YPM is officially entering in to a long-term partnership with the Parlement Jeunesse Franco-Manitobain (PJFM). PJFM is YPM’s french-language counterpart, which holds its winter session in February of every year. This coming session is their 31st, and they hold the impressive distinction of being the only francophone youth parliament in Canada that is, like YPM, planned and carried out entirely by young people.
Our partnership is still in its infancy, but we are excited to offer a flat rate of $100 to enroll in YPM for all PJFM participants. These dual participants will also receive a flat rate of $40 to PJFM enrollment.
We hope that this partnership will lead to more young francophones attending our session, and we look forward to many cross-promotion and joint recruitment events in the future. We at YPM are confident that this partnership will be a boon to both organizations, and we thank all involved for their hard work to make it a reality.
Since 2007 the executive board of the Youth Parliament of Manitoba has chosen a Manitoban educator as a recipient of our Teacher Appreciation Award. This award is meant to recognize the support of a teacher who has gone above and beyond to promote our organization to their students and encourage them to learn about Canadian democracy and the parliamentary process. For more information on how to connect with our organization, as well as a list of past award recipients, please visit our website at http://www.ypmanitoba.ca/register/teachers/ .
This year we are pleased to announce Linda Connor as the 2014 TAA recipient. After teaching Social Studies and English Language Arts for more than 3 decades at Gray Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Linda Connor has been seconded to take on the role as the Social Studies Curriculum Consultant for Manitoba Education. In addition to co-authoring the newly approved Grade 11 Canadian History textbook, Shaping Canada, Linda was also privileged to contribute to the Grade 7 Social Studies textbook, The World Today (Portage and Main Press) and the Grade 9 civics textbook, Canada in the Contemporary World (Emond Montgomery Press). Linda has been on the Manitoba Social Studies Steering Committee and curriculum development teams for the Grade 7, 9 and 11 Social Studies.
Linda is also the current editor of MSSTA journal (see www.mssta.mb.ca) for Manitoba Social Studies teachers. Presently, Linda is co-chairing a pilot team for Manitoba’s new Grade 12 course, Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability. Linda holds a Bachelor of Education (double major- English and History), Bachelor of Arts, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate from the University of Manitoba. In her “spare” time, Linda is both a proud wife, and a mother of 3 sons, is a member of the “Hot Splashes” Dragon Boat team and performs with “Women of Note”. Linda also volunteers for The Dream Factory (www.thedreamfactory.ca) which helps makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. View the full link here: Teacher Appreciation Award Announcement
Youth Parliament of Manitoba is excited to announce a newly established recruitment partnership with YPM alumnus Michael Champagne and Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO)! AYO is a volunteer-based organization that empowers young people in Winnipeg’s North End by connecting them with leadership opportunities and listening to their ideas. Members of YPM’s cabinet came to the weekly Selkirk Ave nonviolence assembly, Meet Me at the Bell Tower, to introduce YPM to the participants and discuss how the two organizations can help give aboriginal youth the chance to help shape the future of our country.
The following day at Neechi Commons, Kamal Dhillon (Vice-Chairperson) and Adrienne Tessier (Registrar General) met with Michael once again, as well as members of AYO’s Politix Brainstorm. Discussion ranged from the nature of grassroots involvements to giving youth a voice in politics.
More information about AYO can be found here: http://www.ayomovement.com/
Youth Parliament of Manitoba will be having a Thanksgiving Flash Sale starting at 12:01am on Monday, October 13th and ending at 11:59pm! Enter the promo code gobblegobble and you will receive an additional $15 off the early bird price, which brings the registration cost to only $95. Go online to www.ypmanitoba.ca to register for the 93rd Winter Session!
The third edition of the Youth Parliamentarian, the YPM Alumni and Community Newsletter, was published on September 30, 2014. It included alumni news, history from the YPM archives, and highlights and pictures from the 7th annual Speaker’s Night and the annual Cabinet Retreat.
YPM is now offering a “Sponsor-a-Member” option on Eventbrite! This option is available to anyone who would like to donate the amount of money required to cover part of, or the full cost of registration for an individual who would otherwise be unable to attend session. Sponsor-a-Member tickets will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis to potential members who declare the need for financial assistance. Donors may indicate on the order form if they would like to sponsor an individual in particular. Please visit www.ypmanitoba.ca to donate!