Model City Hall!
To make municipal politics accessible to all high school students.
– Model City Hall’s Mission Statement
Creating Future Leaders in Municipal Politics
Model City Hall is a federally registered Canadian non-profit (986688-4) dedicated to encouraging youth involvement in municipal politics. Our non-profit organizes the first free conference in Canada to simulate municipal politics for youth at no cost. We hold two free annual conferences in Toronto and Hamilton.
At the event, students from all over the GTA and Hamilton region will have the opportunity to participate in committees to play the roles of councillors, trustees, and health practitioners to debate municipal topics and collaborate to craft and pass motions. These resolutions will be submitted to City Hall officials, creating a dialogue between the decision makers of today and tomorrow.
According to the City of Toronto, voter turnout during the 2014 municipal election was approximately 54.67%, with eligible voters aged 18 – 24 comprising the bulk of abstentions. There are many factors associated with a lack of turnout (e.g. socioeconomic factors), but the problem still stands: youth are becoming disengaged from municipal politics.
Although opportunities to stimulate civic engagement among youth such as Model Parliament and Model UN are available, many are cost-prohibitive and focus on international, federal, and provincial politics. Model City Hall aspires to attract youth from all walks of life, including youth from low socioeconomic neighbourhoods and other marginalized backgrounds.
What Does Model City Hall Do?
We host annual, free conferences where students will play the roles of councillors, trustees, and health practitioners to debate and craft resolutions
We welcome students from low-income communities and other identities and marginalized backgrounds. Model City Hall aims for diversity and inclusivity.
We lead an Ambassador Program that aims to enhance outreach and directly start training youth. Ambassadors reach out to high school students across Ontario and are given the opportunity to help facilitate Model City Hall.
Connecting Youth and Leaders
We help facilitate the creation of resolutions that are submitted to City Hall officials with the goal of creating a dialogue between the decision makers of today and tomorrow. In addition, we have invited prominent politicians, trustees, journalists, and non-profit leaders to our events in order for students to directly engage with community leaders.