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Women4Politics: A Mock Council Experience for Young Women

We’re providing young women between the ages of 18 and 23 with an opportunity to learn about civic government and gain mentorship from members of Council.

The program concludes with participants taking part in a Mock Council meeting that explore issues facing our city.

Meet the mentees

Read the biographies of all of the women taking part in the program (64 KB)

 Please contact the City’s media team if you would like to speak to any of the participants.

Program overview

Women4Politics provides the opportunity for 11 young women to participate in an orientation day, meet with a mentor, and take part in a Mock Council meeting that explores important issues facing our city.

Orientation (August 15, 2019)

The full-day orientation will include sessions hosted by the City Clerk’s office on Council meeting protocols and procedures, and an introduction to topics and issues to be debated and decided upon in the Mock Council session on October 29.

Mentorship meetings

Participants will meet one to two times with their respective Mayor or Council mentors who will be assigned to successful applicants based on mutual interests and criteria.

Matching each successful applicant to a member of Council for the mentorship component of the program will be based on mutual civic interests as outlined in the application.

Date and place to be mutually determined.

Mock Council evening (October 29, 2019)

Holding the place of the Mayor and Council, the young women will take over Council Chamber for a Mock Council evening to debate topics of importance to our city.

Meet and be matched with an elected official, create a great network of like-minded women, and be inspired to actively engage in the decision-making processes that impact our city.

Eligibility

Women, trans and cis, between the ages of 18 and 23, who live, work, volunteer, or go to school in the city of Vancouver, including the University Endowment Lands are eligible to apply.

Applicants must commit to being available for a full day orientation on August 15, 2019, one to two mentoring sessions with an assigned member of Council, and the evening Mock Council meeting, October 29, 2019.

Successful applicants will be selected by Council based on the following criteria:

  • Previous volunteer experience and demonstrated interest in key civic issues and municipal leadership 
  • Demonstrated contributions to civic engagement, or actions that address broader issues facing our city

 City of Vancouver employees are not eligible.

Women Deliver

From June 3 to 6, 2019, the Women Deliver conference is coming to Vancouver.