The City of Charlottetown’s Youth Retention Advisory Board, in partnership with Fusion Charlottetown, has launched a survey to aid in the retention of youth in the Capital City.
"Young people contribute to the growth and re-vitalization of the communities they live in," said Charlottetown 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 Retention Advisory Board was created by the Mayor in 2015 to engage youth and advise Council on issues affecting youth. This survey is the first big initiative of the board.
"This survey was designed by youth for youth," said Councillor Kevin Ramsay, Chair 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 and UPEI, various youth oriented committees and organizations and is also available on the City’s website at: http://www.charlottetown.ca by clicking on the Youth Retention Survey button.
"Youth are an integral part of our community. We are engaged citizens who are committed to making positive contributions," said Advisory Board Member Haley 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.
The deadline to fill out the survey is Friday, February 5.
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