Information for Parents
The CJFCB – Conseil Jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (or BC Francophone Youth Council in English) represents the interests of French-speaking youth aged 14 to 25 across the province.
Whether it be the consultation, development, or planning of our events, our mandate of being BY and FOR youth is at the heart of everything we do. From programs that develop their leadership and community/citizen engagement, activities that promote culture and openness to others, we strive to offer unique experiences for them to meet other participants from across the province and are proud to serve BC’s French-speaking youth.
REGISTRATION FOR OUR ACTIVITIES/EVENTS
Registration and consent forms are always available on our website on the desired event or activity page. In some cases, it will also be necessary to complete a release form for a social activity during an event (eg. outing to a trampoline park).
Once completed, a CJFCB staff member will ensure that participants have all the necessary information for the event/activity.
Our events/activities also have a registration fee. Participants are responsible for returning the total amount to the Event Coordinator, payable by check, e-transfer or cash to the CJFCB. These fees help with the costs of accommodation, meals, transportation, and all necessary materials depending on the activity/event. The registration fee does not cover the total costs but represents a reasonable fee to participate. Our activities are made possible thanks to the generous contributions of our funders and different levels of government.
We understand that it is not always possible for a family to pay the full cost of certain activities/events. Since our goal is to encourage as many young people as possible to participate, we do not want a financial situation to become a barrier. The CJFCB will always try to find a financial arrangement to allow a member to participate in its activities. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss possible solutions.
For each event/activity, a selection committee meets to review all applications.
We follow precise selection criteria:
. Completion of all required registration documents (online registration form, the consent form signed by parents and payment)
. Candidate’s motivation
. Past participation in other CJFCB events (ratio of new and old participants)
. Representation of CJFCB values
. School/geographic diversity
. A balance of sexes and age groups
For high school students, we have also implemented communication agreements with school principals in our selection process to ensure the safety of participants and avoid any incidents during events. In no way does the CJFCB view or is influenced by the student’s record and grades.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Participants are taken care of by CJFCB staff members, volunteers, and our professional counselors, contracted specifically for activities and events. In order to supervise participants, there is always a responsible adult. A criminal record is always completed to ensure safety for all.
Participants are taken care of by the CJFCB team and/or our professional animators contracted specifically for activities and events. In order to supervise participants, there is always a responsible adult. A criminal record is always done by the CJFCB to ensure safety for all.
Transportation is usually included in the participation fee. We always try to give access to all our activities/events, regardless of the participant’s geographical origin. However, for budgetary reasons, we may ask for an additional financial contribution from participants living in a remote city. Depending on where you come from, the participant may travel alone or with a chaperone. If the participant must travel alone, the parents will be contacted by the CJFCB to organize their trip.
Throughout our activities/events, youth receive balanced meals and snacks. We ask on the registration form if the candidate has allergies/dietary restrictions and their severities. We strive to respect them as much as possible when the setting allows it.
If your child has particular health problem that we should know about, please contact the CJFCB to ensure that we have all the information about him/her for the event/activity.
Depending on the event, youth stay in a hotel or school. If participants sleep in schools, a list of materials to bring will be sent (example: inflatable mattress, sleeping bag …). We ensure that your children have at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
The dormitories/rooms are separated between girls and boys. If your child does not feel comfortable in one or the other, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss possible solutions.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
CJFCB activities and events are carried out in an inclusive and safe environment. Inclusiveness and respect are important values for the CJFCB and every participant are welcome as they are. We are proud to respect the values found in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including non-discrimination based on gender, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Our organization adapts to the specific needs of the participant and their situation. If your child requires adaptations, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be happy to discuss possible solutions.
Examples of possible adaptation measures:
. Creation of non-gendered toilets, dormitories and showers
. Adaptability of schedules
. Adjustment of meal times
If you have any concerns about adaptations, or if you require further information, feel free to contact us.
CJFCB RULES FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
Any breach of the rules below could lead to the loss of certain privileges for the participant, and if found necessary, to be sent home at their or their parent’s own expense.
. CJFCB’s events are held exclusively in French.
. The consumption/possession of drugs or alcohol is prohibited. If the participant violates this rule, they will be sent home immediately, at their or their parent’s own expense.
. The participant cannot leave the event sites without the authorization of an organizer and if so, and under conditions.
. The consumption of tobacco products is prohibited on the site of the event.
. The participant must follow the dress code of the event.
. Any form of theft, harassment, bullying or other will be treated in accordance the CJFCB’s policies and procedures.
. The CJFCB takes no responsibility for any injuries or material losses caused during the event.
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Translation by Ashton Ramsay