Your First Cabinet Meeting: What to Expect

by Nishi Kumar, Director of Organizational Development

Welcome to Toronto Youth Cabinet! Our monthly Cabinet Meetings are where we share our ideas about TYC’s work, learn about different issues at City Hall, and plan for upcoming events and initiatives. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month at City Hall. Our meetings are open to all youth age 13-24 who live, work, or learn in the City of Toronto. Here’s what you can expect:

Before the meeting
Sign up for our mailing list to keep up with all TYC’s events and news. Once a month, we’ll send you an EventBrite invitation for a Cabinet Meeting. Check out the invite to read the agenda and find out the room number.

During the meeting

  • 6:00-6:15pm: Welcome & Food

  • 6:15-7:00pm: Reports, Presentations & Discussions
    First, we’ll go over what happened at the last meeting, and each member of the Leadership Team will share updates. Next we’ll have a discussion or a presentation about an issue in the City of Toronto, or we’ll facilitate a skills-building workshop. If there’s something you’d like to learn about or discuss, feel free to contact the Director of Organizational Development (nishi@thetyc.ca) with suggestions!

  • 7:00-8:00pm: Breakout sessions
    At your first meeting, the Chair will offer a short orientation to TYC. You’ll have a chance to ask any questions, get a picture of TYC’s structure, and learn more about what we’ve been working on.

After that, you’ll check out our Working Groups. Working Groups are the backbone of TYC - each group engages in advocacy and runs events around a specific topic. Working Groups meet at different times throughout the month, but Cabinet Meetings are a chance to share ideas and make plans for the next month.

  • 8:00pm: Closing & distributing TTC tokens

After the meeting

That’s it! If you have any questions after the meeting, feel free to reach out to the Director of Internal Affairs (hamdi@thetyc.ca). Make sure to stay connected with your Working Groups through email or Slack to get involved in their initiatives and continue your conversations.  After attending 3 Cabinet Meetings, you’re officially a TYC “Member”, meaning you’re able to get volunteer hours for school and other cool opportunities.