Youth look to the future

May 5, 2008

Making a Difference

This weekend, fifteen Guelph youth participated in a final design charette to identify ways to bring new people and business into our downtown.  I was able to drop in and hear their ideas for the future of Guelph.  They tackled the challenging issue of intensification and how it can be done without compromising the unique and treasured aspects of our community.

This opportunity was organized by the provincial MInistry of Public Infrastructure Renewal.  Youth in several communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe have been involved in design projects in their own cities over the last three months.  The goal of these interactive sessions has been to engage young people in city building and understanding the opportunities that Places to Grow planning legislation offers.

Update: The Province is creating a video about the youth engagement project – once it’s complete, they will post it on The youth engagement page is located here – it currently has last year’s information, but once this year’s project wraps up, they will post new pictures, video, etc.


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2 Comments on “Youth look to the future”

  1. Sue Richards Says:

    Did they offer any fresh insights?

  2. Leanne Piper Says:

    The youth of our city never cease to amaze me! They were out in force for Clean ‘n’ Green (Earth Day) two weeks ago. A group of young citizens conducted a Jane’s Walk in their neighbourhood at John Gamble Park this weekend. And the downtown charette is just another example of the benefits of engaging youth in civic affairs. They have the most to lose, and the most to gain….

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