“We want to hear about any concerns young people in Collingwood may have and how we can work with young people to make decisions that impact them and the community,” the town’s statement said.
The City of Collingwood is seeking input from local youth to identify barriers that prevent young people from participating in planning and decision-making.
“We want to hear about any concerns young people in Collingwood may have and how we can work with young people to make decisions that impact them and the community,” a city press release read.
The poll went live on Friday, just ahead of National Youth Week (May 1-7). It asks people aged 12 to 29 for their opinions on how they would like to be heard, what are the biggest issues they face and what are the barriers to participation.
The poll is posted on the Access the Collingwood site here.
“Youth engagement is identified as a priority in Collingwood’s Community Strategic Plan goal: transparent and accountable local government to engage young people in governance by building on youth engagement in the city (per example, in the library and youth center) and developing a forum, such as as a youth council, that will meaningfully engage with and advise the council,” the press release reads.
Goals outlined in a 2021 staff report on youth engagement in governance include:
- Support council and community on municipal initiatives and decisions that affect/impact youth in the community
- Provide a space where young people feel comfortable talking openly
- Generate interest in career opportunities in local government
- Provide a meaningful and fulfilling opportunity for personal development
- Give young people the opportunity to be productive and influential in the health and growth of the community
- Promoting positive mental health and opportunities for inclusion
- Offer community hours to high school youth
- Young people who represent a wide range of youth ideas and issues
- Do not duplicate existing youth programs
- Volunteer Hours Opportunity
The city offers one volunteer hour to youth who complete the survey, which can be applied towards the volunteer hours required for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Students can get three additional hours of city volunteering by submitting an image or text that shows what the city of Collingwood means to them. Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] or dropped off at City Hall or the Collingwood Public Library.