GUELPH – South Dundas is one of 10 communities and community organizations from across Ontario partnering with the Rural Ontario Institute in its latest Municipal Internship: Youth Engagement Strategies project.
“Each partner developed its own unique approach to youth engagement, tailored to address needs in the local community,” said Ryan Deska, project lead ROI in a media release.
Through this program, ROI will be working along side the partner municipalities to provide a collaborative environment for the interns, including an in-person orientation session and an online platform for knowledge sharing.
Deska said the work plans reviewed from all 35 communities that submitted expressions of interest were quite impressive. “Communities are looking at youth engagement from a number of different angles, from workforce development, to inclusivity, the health and well-being,” he said. “It’s encouraging to see this kind of energy focused on better engaging youth in the future or their rural communities.”
Final reports from this project will be shared publicly following its completion, outlining promising practices and lessons learned.
Among communities selected for this project include: Brockville, Perth County, Timmins, Northern Wellington, Town of Hanover, South Huron, Wellington, and Picton.