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Intern to boost youth engagement in community

A new summer intern will be tasked with boosting youth engagement in the community.

The County will receive $8,000 as one of 10 community partners selected for the Municipal Internship: Youth Engagement Strategies project through the Rural Ontario Institute project.

The County’s Community Development Department, the Recreation Outreach Centre (ROC), and The County Foundation joined forces in the application.

“We want to involve more youth in our decision-making processes and listen to their voices,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “The opinions and experiences of youth have the capacity to inspire and inform the evolution of a variety of community programs, services, bylaws, and infrastructure. Youth input is vital if we are to attract and retain the next generation of County residents.”

The funding from the ROI project goes toward hiring the intern, developing and implementing strategies and providing a voice for local youth in community development activities. Among events and initiatives is a youth summit and support of the youth advisory committee to share views on a variety of local topics with the municipal council.

“We look forward to this partnership to promote new strategies for engaging youth in their community and to become more active citizens of Prince Edward County,” said Darlene Thompson, Executive Director, ROC. “We want young people to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become actively engaged with the community issues that affect them and to contribute to the decision-making process.”

The project partners are currently in the process of hiring the intern. The successful candidate will be announced in the next several weeks. The intern will hold the position from May-August 2019 and will be working under the supervision of the ROC along with support from The County Foundation’s Greater Than Youth Collective and the Community Development Department.

The ROI is a non-profit organization committed to developing leaders, initiating dialogue, supporting collaboration and promoting action on issues and opportunities facing rural and northern Ontario. Support from the Ontario government has enabled the youth engagement project.

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