Sur­vey­ing for the fu­ture

City of Char­lot­te­town look­ing for in­for­ma­tion that will help find ways to keep young peo­ple from leav­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - Sur­vey is avail­able on the city of Char­lot­te­town web­site, www.char­lot­te­town.ca, by click­ing on the Youth Re­ten­tion Sur­vey but­ton.

The City of Char­lot­te­town is look­ing for in­sight into why some youth de­cide to stay in the city and why some leave.

The city’s Youth Re­ten­tion Ad­vi­sory Board, in part­ner­ship with Fu­sion Char­lot­te­town, has launched a sur­vey to try to find some an­swers.

“Young peo­ple con­trib­ute to the growth and re-vi­tal­iza­tion of the com­mu­ni­ties they live in,” said Mayor Clifford Lee.

“Too of­ten, we hear anec­do­tally that our young peo­ple are mov­ing out of this prov­ince. We want to hear from them di­rectly. We want to ex­am­ine what we could do at the mu­nic­i­pal level to help our youth reach their po­ten­tial here, at home.”

The youth board was cre­ated by the mayor last year to en­gage youth and ad­vise coun­cil on is­sues af­fect­ing youth.

This sur­vey is the first big ini­tia­tive of the board.

The dead­line to fill out the sur­vey is Fri­day, Feb. 5.

“This sur­vey was de­signed by youth for youth,” said Coun. Kevin Ram­say, chair­man of the Youth Re­ten­tion Ad­vi­sory Board.

“We’re try­ing to gain in­sight into why some youth de­cide to stay in Char­lot­te­town and other youth de­cide to leave, but we also want to know what they en­joy in their com­mu­ni­ties and what they would like to see change.”

The dis­tri­bu­tion of the sur­vey is be­ing led by mem­bers of the board, in­clud­ing Ha­ley Do­herty, Zac Mur­phy, Drew MacEach­ern and Ryan Casey.

It has been shared with stu­dents at both Char­lot­te­town se­nior high schools, Hol­land Col­lege, UPEI and var­i­ous youth-ori­ented com­mit­tees and or­ga­ni­za­tions. It is also avail­able on the city’s web­site, www.char­lot­te­town.ca, by click­ing on the O V E R 2 . 5 M P A I L L I O N

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Youth Re­ten­tion Sur­vey but­ton.

“Youth are an in­te­gral part of our com­mu­nity. We are en­gaged cit­i­zens who are com­mit­ted to mak­ing pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions,” said Do­herty. “We hope this sur­vey will al­low us to bet­ter un­der­stand what our peers en­joy about Char­lot­te­town and what they feel would en­cour­age more youth to live and work here. This sur­vey is the first step to en­sure the voices of youth are heard in plan­ning for the fu­ture of our city.”

The sur­vey is tar­geted at peo­ple be­tween the ages of 16 and 30. It is anony­mous and touches on top­ics such as em­ploy­ment, health and well­ness, recre­ation, hous­ing and the arts.

Once the sur­vey is com­pleted, the in­for­ma­tion will be com­piled and pre­sented to the board to make rec­om­men­da­tions to coun­cil.

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