Huron County expanding youth engagement opportunities

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HURON COUNTY – The County of Huron released a statement on May 25, saying they are reviewing, expanding, and developing their youth engagement opportunities, including professional development opportunities directly with the county.

Goderich District Collegiate Institute (GDCI) co-op student Maddy Gilbert presented to Huron County council outlining their research into youth opportunities in the area and presenting the report.

In preparation for this report, Gilbert met with numerous senior leaders and researched youth-centred program offerings currently available corporate-wide.

The report talked about current trends with the county’s youth and the importance of youth engagement.

“Youth engagement is very important at the county level. The youth of Huron County are our future,” Gilbert said in the report. “Even Huron County’s corporate vision reflects this. It is ‘A community for generations.’ You absolutely cannot have a community for generations without actively building up youth, engaging them, and listening to their voices.”

Gilbert included opportunities available for youth in the county, including high school and university co-op, saying it’s sometimes as easy as making a phone call or sending an email.

“Many of our departments have existing partnerships with universities in Ontario, where they take on university level co-op students as part of the university course,” Gilbert said. “One such co-op is through the University of Guelph’s Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development (MSc) or the Masters of Planning (MPlan.) The Planning and Development department takes on University of Guelph students in these two programs.”

Outlining opportunities within the county, Gilbert said, “Youth interested in local culture and history have the opportunity to join Cultural Services as a museum assistant or student page. Youth doing a university degree relating to land use planning can join the Planning Department as a summer student. There are similar opportunities all across the corporation.”

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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