EDMONTON – AUPE’s Young Activists Committee acknowledged the United Nations’ International Youth Day on Sunday. The day is meant to draw attention to youth issues across the globe.
“Many young members of AUPE are engaged and committed to numerous labour and social justice movements,” said AUPE Vice-President and chair of AUPE’s Young Activists Committee, Jason Heistad. “The Young Activists Committee continues to work diligently to bring youth’s issues to the table and work toward a more just world for all.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement “too many young people, including those who are highly educated, suffer from low-wage, dead-end work and record levels of unemployment.”
“Opportunities for young people to gain proper, sustainable employment is key to global economic recovery,” said Heistad. “More focus needs to be placed into youth employment.”
International Youth Day was first celebrated in 2000. This year’s International Youth Day theme is Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth.
The union’s Young Activists Committee is open to AUPE members 30 years and younger. The committee brings issues and concerns of younger AUPE members to Provincial Executive and Convention.