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Mayor encourages public to take part in this forum

Tuesday, February 04, 2014   by: Staff



On January 30, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) announced the Youth Engagement Forum 2014 to be held in Sault Ste. Marie on February 11 at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn.  

Youth service providers and adult allies in the Algoma district will take part in the forum, setting out to engage youth (aged 15-29) and youth workers.
The purpose is to share information and ideas about the barriers, gaps and opportunities that exist related to education, employment and entrepreneurship while mobilizing the community to act on the opportunities and challenges identified.

Mayor Debbie Amaroso advocates for the initiative saying, “The Youth Engagement Forum 2014 is an excellent opportunity to connect relative organizations directly to the youth in our community. I am in full support of creating a space for youth not only to learn about the resources and supports in Sault Ste. Marie, but also for a two-way dialogue between providers and youth who use their services. This is a great example of the grassroots community engagement approaches that will aid in making our community Age-Friendly.”

The one-day event will be presented in a two-part format.

Part One runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a focus on youth service providers.
The agenda includes the Youth Jobs Strategy, presented by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment and Ministry of Research and Innovation (MEDTE/MRI).
Presentations by local organizations on innovative practices to engage youth, and youth-focused dialogues and discussions will also take place.

Part Two runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a focus on youth.
Engaging youth stakeholders and participants in an open space forum with action-oriented presentations by youth in the community are included in the afternoon agenda.  

Youth, or any others interested in attending the event, can register by visiting here.

The Youth Engagement Forum 2014 is funded with support from the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, the Ministry of Research and Innovation, and the Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation. 
For more information on the forum, click here or contact Diana Medaglia, Marketing and Communications Manager, at (705) 942-7927 extension 3138.
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soowat 2/4/2014 5:08:30 PM Report

One more forum. One more strategy session.

How many forums and/or strategy sessions have there been in the last 20 years?

What has been the end result of these forums and strategy sessions? I would suggest negligible.

Sure I'm a cynic. I've seen too much planning and too little doing to be anything else
Lone24 2/4/2014 5:47:13 PM Report

I agree.
Javaman 2/4/2014 6:40:10 PM Report

Our city council...over the years...must be in the record books for forming the greatest number of committees to look into things. Councillors were elected to do that job. Every committee costs money when dinners...drinks...secretarial help etc.
Pakadeva 2/4/2014 7:10:18 PM Report

I think it's a fabulous idea! I talked to a young man in his 20's who landed a great job a few short years ago as a result of one of these forums. He's climbing the ladder & very happy to say how it happened. Try a "positive" idea sometimes!
dadal 2/5/2014 6:10:45 AM Report

Yuppers, one more forum. Let's go for a 5% tax increase so we can host more and more.
our camp 2/5/2014 7:26:20 AM Report

when are we going to have a forum to discuss about having more forums?
theprotector 2/5/2014 10:33:02 AM Report

I have seen so many forums and so many ideas shelved. Stop talking about this stuff and start doing. You know what has to be done, dont use the fasade of a forum to give the appearance you are doing something. Dont use yet another forum to pat yourself on the back and blow smoke up each others butt!
PhoenixSun29 2/5/2014 2:30:07 PM Report

Why don't all of you cynics get together and do something to help instead of whining about initiatives going on. This isn't run by the city if you even read the article. Continuous efforts must be made to meet challenges. Help out once in a while!
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