Youth encouraged to speak out on cancer issues

Do you have ideas about health and cancer prevention? Are you a young person aged between 19 and 25?

Do you have ideas about health and cancer prevention? Are you a young person aged between 19 and 25?

If so, the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon, is encouraging you to apply to attend a youth forum that will be held in Vancouver on May 11, 2013.

Jenny Byford of Cranbrook, Canadian Cancer Society youth leadership volunteer, is part of an advisory group that is helping to plan the youth forum, the first one held by the Cancer Society.

“We know that about half of all cancers can be prevented and youth are a vital part of stopping cancer before it starts. This is a chance for youth from across our province to take part in continuing a 75-year legacy of cancer prevention. I encourage youth from across the Kootenay and the Interior regions to join us and apply.”

The forum will bring together young adults from all over B.C. and the Yukon and guide them towards taking action on health and cancer prevention issues in their own communities. Youth participating in the forum will learn about cancer prevention and build skills that will enable them to become part of a larger movement that strives for a world where no Canadians face cancer fears.

The youth forum will be held on May 11 at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

It is open to youth who are residents of B.C., active or involved in their community and interested in developing leadership skills. Participants should also be prepared to continue action about cancer prevention in their home communities after the forum wraps up. Travel expenses will be taken care of.

If you are interested in taking part in the forum, submit an application before March 15, 2013. You can find an application form at www.cancergameplan.ca. Applicants will be told if they are accepted by April 1, 2013.