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To empower and engage youth in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo both actively and inclusively to make a significant difference in their community.


The purpose of MACOY is to empower youth to become actively engaged citizens who have a voice in decisions that affect them. MACOY members are champions of the community who work to improve the quality of life of all citizens.

What does MACOY offer?

  • Develops future leaders
  • A voice for youth in the community
  • Exposure to a variety of learning experiences
  • Instills a focus on community development
  • Creates project management opportunities
  • Mentorship for professional and personal growth
  • Builds MACOY to become the next generation of mentors
  • Connects the Mayor to youth in the region

MACOY Expansion

Due to the popularity of the program and to allow for even more youth to have a chance to enjoy what it has to offer, starting in 2018/2019 MACOY will operate with a General Assembly and Committee structure. The General Assembly will consist of past MACOY youth that will work to mentor and work alongside the committees. Five committee groups consisting of new and past MACOY youth will focus their project work on these subject areas: Arts & Culture, Engagement & Outreach, Health & Wellness, Social Equity and Urban Planning. The structure outlined below will allow for up to 60 youth to be a part of MACOY.

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MACOY 2020/21 Application
Deadline to submit: August 17, 2020

1) MACOY General Assembly
Conditions: Must have spend one year on MACOY in good standing AND must be in Grades 9 - 12 (those in homeschooling will also be considered).

General Assembly Application

2) MACOY Committee Action Groups
Conditions: Open to any youth who are currently in Grade 7 -12 (those in homeschooling will also be considered).

Committee Action Groups Application

MACOY Meeting Dates for 2020-2021

Orientation: September 10.
Meetings: GA: September 17, Committees: September 18
Meeting: GA: October 29 , Committees: October 30
Meeting: GA: November 19, Committees: November 20
Holiday Celebration: December 4
Meeting: GA: January 28, Committees: January 29
Meeting: GA: February 11, Committees: February 12
Meeting: GA: March 11, Committees: March 12
Meeting: GA: April 22, Committees: April 23
Meeting : GA: May 20, Committees: May 21
Year End Celebrations: June 10

MACOY by the numbers

  • Started in 1993
  • Over 300 youth have been involved
  • Over 750 volunteer hours contributed in 2017/2018
  • Since 1993, over 8000 total volunteer hours and over 50 youth-led community projects
  • 88 applicants in 2017

Alumni & Past MACOY Groups

MACOY alumni are members that have gone through the ranks as MACOY members and have moved past our age/grades of eligibility. They remain committed to mentoring current members and assisting with projects and programs throughout the community. MACOY alumni are an amazing group of civic-minded youth. They have undertaken projects in the community that will make a significant impact in the lives of youth in Wood Buffalo! Here are some of the past projects MACOY members have worked on:

"MACOY was a huge part of my youth development and really was a launching pad to a future career in politics. The Borealis Skate park was one of the big projects we worked on. Seeing the program grow and the great work the students are doing is amazing. I am so grateful for the opportunity." — Tyran Ault

Contact Information

Alanna Bottrell
Recreation and Culture Coordinator

Nicole Martyn-Dickinson
Social Program Advisor




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