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South Huron looking for youth engagement

The Municipality of South Huron has partnered with the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) on a special project designed to boost civic engagement and leadership among local youth.

Using a grant from ROI, South Huron has hired a Youth Engagement Strategist for the summer to lead a four month project to engage people aged 15 – 29 years in conversations about the future of our communities.

In a release from South Huron, Mayor George Finch says the municipality wants to make sure that youth feel engaged and have a say in the direction the community takes.

The municipality will engage youth in conversations using #southhuronyouth on Facebook, Twitter, and a new Instagram account that is being piloted as part of this project.

In-person meetings with youth groups will follow to identify issues and projects that are important to them.

The Rural Ontario Institute is a non-profit organization based in Guelph with a mission to develop leaders and facilitate collaboration on issues facing rural and northern Ontario.

Of 35 applicants, South Huron was one of the successful communities to receive a grant.