March 22, 2010
BATHURST (CNB) - An investment of $186,375 is being made by the Population Growth Secretariat to encourage youth to be more engaged and stay in New Brunswick. The funds will be used by 15 organizations to increase awareness of opportunities for individuals aged 15-35.
The announcement was made by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Initiative, during a visit to the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) Bathurst campus.
"Young people are crucial to our province becoming self-sufficient by 2026," said Arseneault. "This funding demonstrates our government's commitment to engaging our province's youth."
Arseneault spoke on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat.
Four organizations involved in youth engagement in northern New Brunswick attended the announcement: Synergies Bathurst, Entreprise Restigouche, Entreprise Péninsule, and Conseil de Développement Culturel Chaleur. Together with other provincially focused projects, the Youth Engagement Funding Program will direct almost $70,000 to youth in northern New Brunswick.
"We wanted to make this announcement in northern New Brunswick because this region has been significantly affected by the effects of young people leaving, and youth are a key component of our Action Plan for Self-Sufficiency in Northern New Brunswick," said Arseneault.
The organizations receiving funding are:
"These initiatives strengthen their respective communities' capacity-building efforts," said Arseneault. "We know that opportunities exist in New Brunswick. This funding will help community groups with their efforts to promote these opportunities, and help youth to be more engaged in their communities."
Electronic notices were distributed to various stakeholder organizations and youth networks, along with a call for proposals posted on the Population Growth Secretariat's website.
Project proposals were evaluated by an interdepartmental committee based on a rating scale.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of projects follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-3465.
Projects funded under the Youth Engagement Funding Program
Falls Brook Centre
Old and New: Local Youth Building Rural and Traditional Skills
A need was identified through a visioning exercise to link experienced tradespeople with those interested in developing abilities in both traditional skills and arts. The free-school model will be used, similar to last year, as well as the development of a Work Bee Link-up combining traditional rural work with modern variations of volunteering, bartering, etc.
New Brunswick Environmental Network
Empowering Youth to Act on Environmental Issues in New Brunswick
Focusing on the strengths of last year's project, the goal for this project is to strengthen active citizenship among youth at a community level, foster leadership in youth, engage youth in community environmental issues, build capacity, and create opportunities for youth in environmental issues, both locally and provincially. The New Brunswick Environmental Network also plans to establish two new youth regional forums in the Sackville and Campbellton areas, due to the interest expressed by youth in these areas.
Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick
The project seeks to engage youth directly into their communities, through forums, consultations and activities. The federation hopes to hold 10 different weekend forums across the province, which they project will involve more than 80 youth. The federation also intends to ensure that youth are involved at all levels of the project, and will link youth directly with community leaders.
New Brunswick Multicultural Council
Youth Leaders in Action
This is a leadership development program targeting multicultural youth and young adults in rural New Brunswick communities. Program components are: social entrepreneurship; coaching; youth involvement and civic engagement; and peer mentoring and learning communities. This project is designed to be a nine-month leadership development program with the goal of further developing and establishing multicultural associations and immigrant-serving agencies.
Greater Bathurst Chamber of Commerce
This organization plans to host monthly activities (for example, meet and greets) for youth in the Chaleur region in order to forge meaningful linkages for all youth in the area. They will be all-inclusive, and not limited to professional or entrepreneur networks. It is hoped that this forum will inspire youth to be ambassadors for the region. Activities will be designed through interest surveys.
Quoddy Futures Foundation
VIPs doing VITs (Very Important People doing Very Important Things)
Through partnerships with youth, adults, community organizations and businesses, further development of last year's program will be undertaken. Through leadership and mentorship opportunities, youth seek to change the outmigration from their community by identifying possible career opportunities that will keep them engaged in the community.
Tantramar Family Resource Centre
Youth Helping Other People Excel, or Youth HOPE
This program focuses on establishing relationships between various Mount Allison student bodies and community-based programs/organizations through developing youth engagement opportunities and matching youth talents with community needs. A staff member from the centre will be responsible to recruit and train participants, identify existing or create new community outreach opportunities, and co-ordinate links between youth participants and community engagement opportunities.
Saint John Community Loan Fund
Youth Entrepreneurship = Success, or YES!
This project is designed to foster entrepreneurial change in communities that have youth who are living with a culture of dependency and hopelessness. This will be done through an expansion of the YES program from last summer, when one priority community in Saint John was identified. The program intends to foster creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership development with youth in priority neighbourhoods by combining some in-class training with experiential learning, then getting them out into the neighbourhoods with volunteer activities, thus promoting community engagement.
Engagement jeunesse 2009-2010
In partnership with the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and the Department of Social Development, Enterprise Restigouche will work with youth from the region to develop a bilingual promotional video about the region. The target audience will be youth in the region, and will focus on addressing and dispelling the negative feelings found in the area. Research was previously completed to identify these activities as a priority in this particular region.
Partners for Youth Inc.
Be valued…in this place
Youth from five selected communities will design, create and implement their initiatives. Led by a youth project team, the community teams will take part in a YES (Youth exploring solutions) forum in order to focus their project.
Capitol School of Performing Arts
Resurgo Redux - History of le Coude
This project will build on the cultural diversity of the Moncton area through the use of theatre. Three youth playwrights will be hired to develop and direct vignettes with local significance and engage students in the performing classes of the Capitol School of Performing Arts to present these plays. This will provide an opportunity for emerging playwrights, acting students and the youth in the community to see how arts can bind a community together through their common heritage and thus build on community pride.
Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick - youth strategy
Engagement Jeuneesse et la Strategie jeunesse du Nouveau-Brunswick
The youth strategy is an amalgamation of several different youth-focused partners who are working across the province to identify the major challenges faced by youth, and to propose community-focused solutions to them. The strategy has five major components, which will be introduced during a two-year period.
Mi'kmaq-Maliseet Institute - University of New Brunswick
First Nations Youth Business Summit
This project has been designed by the Mi'kmaq-Maliseet Institute's First Nation Business Administration Certificate Program, and will build on the success of the first summit held in 2006. It is aimed at increasing interest in entrepreneurship and forging the connections between entrepreneurship, culture and community. The setting will also provide participants with their first exposure to the university environment, and potentially provide the opportunity and creativity to take the economic benefits back to their communities.
Conseil de Développement culturel Chaleur
Rassemblement Culturel Jeunesse
Working with arts and cultural activities, the Conseil de Développement culturel Chaleur would like to engage youth in various activities to build a greater sense of community, as well as to empower them to become more involved in their community. Using literature, theatre, visual arts, music and dance, it intends to allow youth to develop and later showcase their creations to the wider community.
Initiatives d'engagement de notre jeunesse - Péninsule acadienne
Entreprise Peninsule is interested in developing a toolkit for youth, modelled on a project from Quebec. The toolkit would help youth create "une place aux jeunes," but adapted to the particular needs of the peninsula. There is also an interest in developing a youth committee in the peninsula.