Youths Have Ideas For The City

- October 12th, 2012

The city’s first youth summit wrapped up this afternoon with some suggestions for City Hall.

I thought I would curate some of the ideas here so we have a list to refer to in the future. These are youths’ ideas read by Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury at the end of the summit after a series of workshops and panel discussions.

- Centralize information for young entrepreneurs.

- Connect and communicate with youths. “You’re the future of Ottawa, so we need to do a better job of connecting,” Fleury said.

- Have a networking workshop and volunteer fair.

- Create internship programs at City Hall.

- Fill the gap between the services offered and youths, and facilitate the access.

- Make sure there is proper representation at events like the youth summit.

- Police and OC Transpo should have more exposure in schools and not be intimidating.

- Have more job shadowing opportunities.

- Create more opportunities for mentoring and youth entrepreneurship.

- More youth summits.

- Have a “Dragon’s Den” style program with young entrepreneurs.

- Use students for special events.

- Communicate better through social media.

The city continues to collect ideas at ottawa.ca/youth

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