There is one week remaining for people between the ages of 16 and 30 to fill out the City of Charlottetown Youth Retention Advisory Board’s survey.
The survey was created by the youth on the Board, in partnership with Fusion Charlottetown, to aid in the retention of youth in the Capital City.
"One of our goals with this survey was to get the youth involved in the conversation and I think that we have accomplished that so far," said Zac Murphy, a Youth Retention Advisory Board member. "The amount of feedback that we have been getting has been great but we need as much feedback as possible to ensure that the conversation keeps going. This is a chance for the youth in Charlottetown to have a voice and help shape the future of the city."
The response to the Youth Retention Survey, which was launched on January 18, has been positive with nearly 700 submissions. The Board is hoping for even more feedback before the survey closes on Friday, February 5.
The survey, which is being conducted at no cost, is open to all youth, whether they live on PEI currently or not. It is anonymous and takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. The questions touch 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.
"Obtaining fulfilling employment has been clearly identified as a challenge for youth here in Charlottetown, and it will certainly become a focus for our team as we move forward," said Youth Retention Advisory Board member Haley Doherty. "We want to emphasize that our survey encompasses many other important topics such as housing, transportation, and community engagement. This is an opportunity for youth to provide feedback on issues that matter most to them."
The Youth Retention Advisory Board was created by the Mayor in 2015 to engage youth and advise Council on issues affecting youth. Haley Doherty, Zac Murphy, Drew MacEachern, and Ryan Casey are the youth serving on the Board. This survey is the board’s first big initiative.
"The individuals on this board have volunteered their time to help the City work on this issue because they are passionate youth who want to see change," said Councillor Kevin Ramsay, Chair of the Youth Retention Advisory Board. "With this survey and their assistance, we hope to gain further insight into what our youth enjoy about their communities and what they would like to see change."
The survey is available on the City’s website at: www.charlottetown.ca by clicking on the Youth Retention Survey button.
It closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 5.
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