TVDSB students take part in Girls' Government

Posted On Monday March 19, 2018

Since November 2017, seven Grade 8 students from Clara Brenton Public School and St. Paul's Catholic School have participated in the London West Girls' Government, an after-school program designed to get girls more interested in politics and the political process. Girls’ Government is a non-partisan program run by local Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP). The London West group is run by MPP Peggy Sattler.

Participants in Girls’ Government are encouraged to choose an issue they feel passionate about and approach it from an agreed upon viewpoint. This year, the members chose the topic of youth suicide prevention. They conducted research on the topic, wrote letters to the editor, wrote letters to Ministers, created a petition, and heard from several local guest speakers.

The project concluded with a trip to Queen's Park on March 7, 2018, where the students spoke to MPPs and Ministers about the issue, presented their policy recommendations, and filmed a media conference. Their work has been featured in the London Free Press  and on the CBC London radio program Afternoon Drive.

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