Youth issues are the focus today in Ottawa as MP’s hear from a select group of teen from across Canada.

25 students are coming together for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Social Innovators summit to share their ideas for social action on the issues today’s youth are facing.

17-year-old Angela Johnson from Resurrection Catholic High School, is Waterloo Region’s delegate.

She says she and her Big Sister have been together for 12 years – the longest actively running relationship in BBBS.

When she gets to Ottawa she said she will be addressing issues like youth poverty, homelessness and gay rights for youth.

She tells 570 News, she is a little skeptical as to what reaction they will receive, saying , “It is a group of teenagers and we don’t always have the best connotations attached with that label.”

But she is serious about these issues and she said as long as that gets across she isn’t worried.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring service for more than 33,000 teenagers.

The event runs today through to Wednesday.