DBDLI Youth Advisory Council

Are you concerned about the education achievement gap between learners of African ancestry and non-African Nova Scotian learners? Are you interested in improving the educational experiences for learners of African ancestry?

If you answered YES, please continue reading below!

The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) is recruiting young adult leaders of African ancestry who reside in Nova Scotia, between the ages of 18 to 30, to form the DBDLI Youth Advisory Council. The Council will provide objective advice to the DBDLI Board and the Institute on learners of African ancestry experiences in the education system and provide innovative insight on what is needed to best support and engage learners of African ancestry.

Why A DBDLI Youth Education Council?

Evidence proves that there is a persistent achievement gap between learners of African ancestry compared to non-African Nova Scotian learners. The ‘Achievement Gap’ refers to any significant and persistent disparity in academic performance and/or educational attainment between different groups of students. This Council (Provincial membership ) will have the possibility to transform the future of learners of African ancestry and impact their educational outcomes by strategically advising the DBDLI Board and Staff.


  • To bring together young adult leaders of African ancestry to share ideas, connect communities, and to bring our educational experiences and concerns to the forefront.

  • To encourage and inspire young adult learners of African ancestry to develop and unite their voices on specific issues, projects, and initiatives concerning their communities and themselves.


  • To best provide strategic advice to the DBDLI Governing Board and the Institute on its way forward to best engage and deliver initiatives to learners of African ancestry.
  • To best assist DBDLI Coordinator of Youth Initiatives and Projects in the creation and deliverables of cultural enrichment opportunities.

Application Process

Young adults applying for a position on the Council must be between the ages of 18 to 30 on or before the day they are appointed to the position. To apply, young adults of African ancestry residing in Nova Scotia can submit a completed application (download below) to the Youth Council Appointment Committee Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute no later than March 31 annually. New member appointment and/or renewals will take place at the Report to the Community (June annually).

To be considered for this volunteer Council position and for more information about the DBDLI Youth Advisory Council, please download, complete and submit the Application Package:

  • by email: chanae.parsons@dbdli.ca
  • by fax to: 902-407-6263
Download Application Package

For additional information please contact our Coordinator of Youth Initiatives at 902-407-3200 ext. 205 or chanae.parsons@dbdli.ca.