Yukon Party launches youth caucus

Three young political enthusiasts have created a Yukon Party youth caucus, and are hoping to encourage other young people to get involved in politics.

Three young political enthusiasts have created a Yukon Party youth caucus, and are hoping to encourage other young people to get involved in politics.

Madison Pearson, Caitlin Irvine and Kelsey Hassard developed the idea and will sit as co-chairs.

“We believe that there are a lot of youth out there who share the values of the Yukon Party and appreciate what we’re trying to do for the Yukon,” said Hassard, 21, who’s been a member of the party since she was 16.

She said the Yukon Party values relevant to young people include job creation and improvements to housing and education.

“We want to engage youth in politics and the voting process.”

She said the youth caucus members will also work with the Yukon Party chief of staff and the cabinet office to try and implement their ideas.

So far, though, the three co-chairs are the sole members of the youth caucus. They plan to organize at least one meet-and-greet to attract some new recruits. They also have a Yukon Party Youth Caucus Facebook page.

“We’re excited about this initiative, and we’re hoping that it will generate the interest that we want,” said Pearson, 24.

The group is open to all Yukoners under the age of 30. Hassard said caucus members will need to become Yukon Party members, but those who don’t can still attend events.

She said anyone interested should contact the co-chairs through Facebook or by emailing admin@ypyouthcaucus.com.

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