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Keeping Members Interested

Making A Difference
  • Projects - Everyone tends to get energized and motivated when they feel like they're making a difference. A good example of making a difference is by organizing your own conference. It is a tough but rewarding task. Naturally, it builds on your YAC's teamwork, and much, much more. It's always a very uplifting and motivating experience, and after the first couple, it becomes like clockwork (ie. B4).
Bonding with other members of the YAC
  • Social Nights - Participating in the activities and discussions are obviously what keeps members motivated and interested in the YAC. It is easier to participate when all members of the group know each other well and feel comfortable in each other's presence. Having purely social meetings or activities is a great way to enhance this bonding experience (ie. potluck dinner). 
  • A weekend YAC retreat - This is more of a group trip (camping, etc.). It is a great opportunity to reflect upon how your council has worked and what you've done in the past, and to brainstorm about your future as a YAC. We recommend a very flexible agenda and lots of time for socializing. (We went to Bowen Island in 2010!)
Opportunities Arise
  • Job Opportunities - Volunteering will often lead to job opportunities. Being on a YAC is a prime example. If you take a look at our YAC, almost half of us have had jobs at some point with McCreary. Whether a full-time summer position or a one-shot paid project, it's always nice to earn some extra spending money.
  • Members attending other youth conferences - Having members attend conferences can be excellent for personal development and skill building, as well as making new contacts. Soak up the knowledge and apply it to your council's current project!