Engaging Youth
  Summary of Youth Speak Out!
           Provided by:
Debra Swan Community Consulting
                for
A...
Engaging Youth©




                  WHY
Engaging Youth©




                  “IMAGINE YOUR COMMUNITY
                      WITHOUT YOUTH!”

       Succession pl...
Engaging Youth©




                  WHO
Engaging Youth©




                      AGE BREAKDOWN

     8 – 14       Mid elementary school to beginning
            ...
Engaging Youth©




                           INTERESTS

      Social networking/internet

      Sports/recreation

   ...
Engaging Youth©




                  COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN

      Different words – different meaning

      „text‟ s...
Engaging Youth©




                  HOW
Engaging Youth©




                  UTILIZE SOCIAL NETWORK SITES

      Facebook page

      Twitter

      Blogging
...
Engaging Youth©




            HIGH RISK LENDING – MENTOR SHIP

      Personal guarantee is enough

      Alleviate the...
Engaging Youth©




                  CREATE YOUR OWN ROAD SHOW

      Go to them

      Create a gathering space

     ...
Engaging Youth©




                     PARTNERSHIPS

      Schools

      Local businesses

      Internship programs...
Engaging Youth©




           PROVIDE MEANINGFUL FORUMS FOR
            YOUTH TO BE HEARD/LISTENED TO

      Formal repr...
Engaging Youth©




                  SUCCESSES TO CONSIDER

      Logo contest for grades 5/6; students had to

        ...
Engaging Youth©




                  SUCCESSES TO CONSIDER

      Business summer camp; children ages 10 – 14,

        ...
Engaging Youth©




                  SUCCESSES TO CONSIDER

      Youth business plan competition; Gr. 9 – 12

        d...
Engaging Youth©




                   OTHER SUGGESTIONS

      Arrange local business tours for youth

      Internship...
Engaging Youth©




                   OTHER SUGGESTIONS

      In northern communities youth concerns are:

        “Wha...
Engaging Youth©




                  FACILITATOR THOUGHTS

      Consider what youth have witnessed through their

     ...
Debra Swan
Community Consulting

  Box 584,
  Coldwater, Ontario L0K 1E0
  705-627-5303
  debra@swancommunityconsulting.com
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Engaging Youth

  1. 1. Engaging Youth Summary of Youth Speak Out! Provided by: Debra Swan Community Consulting for Association of Community Futures Development Corporations Thunder Bay, Ontario June 11, 2010
  2. 2. Engaging Youth© WHY
  3. 3. Engaging Youth© “IMAGINE YOUR COMMUNITY WITHOUT YOUTH!” Succession planning = economic cycle Local people – local jobs Youth = infrastructure = future They are the future of our communities
  4. 4. Engaging Youth© WHO
  5. 5. Engaging Youth© AGE BREAKDOWN 8 – 14 Mid elementary school to beginning high school 14 – 19 High school to beginning post secondary 19 – 29 Post secondary to career establishment
  6. 6. Engaging Youth© INTERESTS  Social networking/internet  Sports/recreation  Skateboard parks  Clubs  School functions
  7. 7. Engaging Youth© COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN  Different words – different meaning  „text‟ speak – OMG, LOL, LMAO, POS  Social networking is the new planning tool  Subtle approach may see more success  Listen to peers  Clear messages are necessary
  8. 8. Engaging Youth© HOW
  9. 9. Engaging Youth© UTILIZE SOCIAL NETWORK SITES  Facebook page  Twitter  Blogging  Email  Partner/piggyback on what is out there ie: youth centre electronic newsletter
  10. 10. Engaging Youth© HIGH RISK LENDING – MENTOR SHIP  Personal guarantee is enough  Alleviate the fear of debt  Mentorship and guidance is part of the package
  11. 11. Engaging Youth© CREATE YOUR OWN ROAD SHOW  Go to them  Create a gathering space  Tradeshows  Summer camps
  12. 12. Engaging Youth© PARTNERSHIPS  Schools  Local businesses  Internship programs  Government  Find „champions‟ to work with to help spread the message
  13. 13. Engaging Youth© PROVIDE MEANINGFUL FORUMS FOR YOUTH TO BE HEARD/LISTENED TO  Formal representation on Municipal Councils  Youth council  Youth advisors to CFDCs  Youth tradeshows; conferences
  14. 14. Engaging Youth© SUCCESSES TO CONSIDER  Logo contest for grades 5/6; students had to come up with a business idea and create a logo for that business
  15. 15. Engaging Youth© SUCCESSES TO CONSIDER  Business summer camp; children ages 10 – 14, received a real loan (financing); purchased supplies and materials; created a craft; sold it at the mall; paid back loan
  16. 16. Engaging Youth© SUCCESSES TO CONSIDER  Youth business plan competition; Gr. 9 – 12 developed a business concept/idea and wrote a business plan
  17. 17. Engaging Youth© OTHER SUGGESTIONS  Arrange local business tours for youth  Internship programs  Start at the top  Give the message – “If it is not here for you, you have an opportunity to create it!”
  18. 18. Engaging Youth© OTHER SUGGESTIONS  In northern communities youth concerns are: “What can I do that will allow me to stay in my community?”  In southern rural communities youth concerns are: “What do I need to do to get away from here as quickly as I can?”
  19. 19. Engaging Youth© FACILITATOR THOUGHTS  Consider what youth have witnessed through their parents work situations and experiences  Involve youth in the „decisions‟, not just the consultations  If you consult – pay attention to what you are told!
  20. 20. Debra Swan Community Consulting Box 584, Coldwater, Ontario L0K 1E0 705-627-5303 debra@swancommunityconsulting.com

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