For the first time in Hamilton’s History, Young people are beginning to out- number other demographics. At 28% of the population, Millennials now outnumber Baby boomers in Hamilton. (Social Planning and Research Council, Vital Signs, 2016)
Young people play a crucial role in city building. As a city, it is our role to capture the voices of youth to keep the city moving forward with fresh ideas, and new perspectives. While young people bring many benefits, they are at a time in their lives where they experience many barriers and challenges. It is our role as a city to create a positive, and supportive community which benefits us all.
“Our city needs the perspective of youth. Their drive, passion, creativity and desire for innovation will move Hamilton forward” Youth Engager – Xperience Annex
The City of Hamilton will be creating a youth strategy to understand the successes and challenges youth in Hamilton face, learn and showcase great stories of youth and partners supporting youth 14 to 29 in our city, identify partnerships to create new opportunities for youth, and showcase our youth and partners and look for opportunities to enhance services with better city support.
How will this happen?
The project will roll out in 3 phases over the course of 2018. The 3 phases for the project are:
View All Three Stages
Stage 1: Planning
November 2017 to February 2018
- Project Plan
- Determine Partners and Stakeholders
- Create Project Website and Social Media
- Determine committees
Stage 2: Engaging the Community
March to August 2018
- Launch Youth Steering Committee
- Large and Small workshops with agencies and youth
- Online engagement opportunities through website and on Instagram
- Showcasing great stories
Stage 3: Creating the Strategy
August to October 2018
- Analyzing data with youth steering committee members
- Determining action items
- Input and Feedback into draft
- Final presentation to council
A place for youth to complete a youth voice survey by June 1, 2018, find events, and learn more about programs, services, and resources that help support them.
Submit the services you currently offer by June 1, 2018 to help us understand all of the services available to youth. You can also find resources to help support young people in Hamilton.
Find out about where the youth strategy team will be capturing the voices of the youth community.
It’s Your Time To Shine Youth Questionnaire – Age 14 to 29
(A) Project Manager, Strategic Youth Initiatives
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2599
Follow us on Instagram: HamOntYouth
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