OCYA Information for Children & Youth

Get Involved


Youth Opportunities

Our work revolves around young people, so we want young people to be engaged in our work.

There are many benefits of being involved:

  • You can help other children and youth
  • You can assist in creating better systems for other children and youth
  • You can develop skills like critical thinking, leadership and organizational skills

There are different ways to be involved so that we hear your voice, consider your perspective and learn from you:

  • One-time consultations: Give your feedback on issues and projects our office is working on, like Special Reports.
  • Special events and opportunities: Speak on youth panels, participate in interviews, or attend conferences and community events.
  • Student employment opportunities: Check our job page regularly for updates.
  • Friends of the Advocate: We are currently updating this program. Stay tuned!

Youth Advisory Panel

One way we hear from young people is through our Youth Advisory Panel. The panel is a group of young people who are appointed for one, two or three years. They give advice, feedback and information to our office, and sometimes to other stakeholders, on a variety of matters. The number of panel members depends on what is best for the OCYA and the panel.