Junior council getting revamp

Big changes are coming to the City of Duncan’s long-running Junior Council program.

The teacher that ran the program at Cowichan Secondary School has left, and it will now be run through Safe Youth Cowichan, where it will be open to “youth” between the ages of 15-22 from throughout the Cowichan Valley.

Seven youth from Safe Youth Cowichan will be selected by Safer Futures to serve as junior council, and will begin the process in February, with their official annual meeting set for May 26.

Council also agreed to allocate $3,000 from the 2014 budget to support a Junior Council initiative, subject to council endorsement.

Safe Youth Cowichan currently has about 12 to 15 youth signed up, about half of whom are from Cowichan Tribes.

They will be going to schools early in 2014 to recruit more members for the program.