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Algoma Youth Action Alliance (AYAA)

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The AYAA is a health promotion coalition of youth aged 12 - 24 and adult supports. There is a committee in Wawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Elliot Lake and Blind River.


The purpose is to:

  • Empower youth against harmful tobacco industry tactics that target youth.
  • Create fun and meaningful ways for youth to take action on health issues that are important to them.


At the start of each school year, youth identify health priorities focused on tobacco prevention that are important to them and develop campaigns to create change in our community.


Meetings are once a month after school. Snacks and refreshments are provided.


Benefits for Young People

  • Earn meaningful volunteer hours
  • Meet interesting people and make new friends
  • Receive free training in a variety of skills and topic areas
  • Gain experience, skills, and references for resume and school applications
  • Go on awesome trips and take part in special events
  • Get recognized through honorariums, awards, and volunteer appreciation events
  • Make a difference in your community


Example of roles for youth member:

  • Chair meetings
  • Take notes
  • Brainstorm ideas with the group
  • Plan, implement and evaluate activities
  • Work with the media including developing press releases, radio ads, doing interviews
  • Be the contact person to answer any questions about the activities
  • Attend regional, provincial and sometimes national youth conferences as a coalition representative
  • Work on sub-committees with students from other coalitions
  • Facilitate presentations at youth conferences or community events


For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Algoma Youth Action Alliance, call 705-942-4646 ext. 3043.


AYAA student successes for the 2013-2014 school year

AYAA Recruitment Brochure - French

AYAA Orientation Package


Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: Oct 19, 2015