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Brockville makes great strides to support and engage local youth

Brockville makes great strides to support and engage local youth
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Brockville – The City of Brockville is pleased to announce that we have been chosen to participate in the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) Youth Engagement Strategies project.

Following a detailed submission of an expression of interest, ten community partners were selected by Rural Ontario Institute for the Municipal Internship: Youth Engagement Strategies Project. These ten partners are: Timmins Youth Wellness Hub, Perth County, Northern Wellington (collaborative), Town of Hanover, South Huron, Wellington Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brock Youth Centre, The Municipality of South Dundas, Recreation Outreach Centre in Picton, and the City of Brockville.

Each partner has developed their own unique approach to youth engagement, tailored to address needs in the local community. The interns will be tasked with implementing local work plans. ROI will be working alongside the partner communities to provide a collaborative environment for the interns, including an in-person orientation session and an online platform for knowledge sharing.

“The work plans we reviewed from all 35 communities who submitted Expressions of Interest have been quite impressive.” says Project Lead, Ryan Deska, “Communities are looking at youth engagement from a number of different angles, from workforce development, to inclusivity, to health and well-being. It’s encouraging to see this kind of energy focused on better engaging youth on the future of their rural communities.”

Brockville will be receiving a youth intern for 4 months to complete work with the Economic Development Department and the Youth Advisory Committee to address issues around youth engagement, advocacy, workforce and, and communication. “Youth” as it pertains to this project are defined as being between the age of 15 and 29, and the intern who will be hired will fall into this age range. Their first project will be to interview 3-5 local youth who are making strides in community volunteering, social entrepreneurship, and local politics for a storytelling piece that ROI will be compiling from all participating municipalities. The Brockville Young Professionals are also gathering nominations for their new “Brockville’s Top 40 Under 40” initiative which will add to the volume of stories to share about Brockville’s youth and young professionals who are making a difference in our community.

Brockville has also recently received Bronze Level Designation as a Youth Friendly Community through Play Works Youth Friendly Recognition Program and this designation was only possible through the efforts of the hard working members from the Youth Advisory Committee who volunteered many hours over the past year to complete the submission.

“It is this kind of effort that we would like to recognize and encourage going forward and this intern will help to create the framework for engagement, communication, and recognition of our local youth.” Rob Nolan, Director of Economic Development.

Applications for the Municipal Intern for Youth Engagement Strategies will be accepted until April 5, 2019; details can be found on the City of Brockville’s website under ‘Careers’.

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