The voice of the future: Surrey Youth Engagement Conference 2015

Holger Selover-Stephan

Surrey’s Team for Youth Leadership and Engagement (STYLE) is hosting its inaugural conference, the Youth Engagement Conference 2015.

The conference is inviting Surrey youth, parents, government, non-profit sectors and business representatives to discuss the challenges Surrey youth are currently facing.

“What we are trying to do with this conference is gather members of the community together so we can discuss and really create a dialogue … on how to better connect and support our youth so that they can successfully transition into adulthood,” says Trisha Dulku, Youth Engagement Facilitator for STYLE.

STYLE hopes to fill the day with dialogue and review data from the 2015 Vital Signs report – combined survey results from 400 youth ages 12 to 24 addressing the challenges Surrey youth are facing.

STYLE is the brainchild of the Surrey Child and Youth Committee – a number of community groups dedicated to supporting the needs of children, youth and their families in the Surrey and White Rock area.

Dulku says STYLE uses a collective impact approach, bringing together many different members of the community, “it didn’t make sense to have just adults … they (the Surrey Child and Youth Committee) realized it would be great to bring in some youth to also facilitate … so that’s why we exist.”

Dulku hopes the conference will make an impact, “sometimes it feels like our opinions are being brushed under a rug, so I would tell the government to actually listen to us and realize that we are actually trying to get productive and constructive feedback in order to facilitate change.”


The 2015 Youth Engagement Conference is free of charge and will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at 13450-102 Avenue, Surrey, BC.

Click here to register and reserve your spot.

Blake Sebastian entered the Film and Television industry at the age of 17. Now in his mid-twenties, he has been involved in radio, lifestyle/reality TV shows and factual docu-series. Blake has been involved in over a dozen different shows and holds a two-year diploma in Broadcast Journalism from BCIT.