WELLINGTON NORTH – A North Wellington collaboration has been awarded a Municipal Internship Grant from the Rural Ontario Institute.
The collaboration is from the Township of Wellington, Town of Minto and Township of Mapleton. They were one of ten partners selected for the grant. Economic Development Officer of the Township of Wellington North Dale Small says they are excited about this opportunity.
“We are excited to be approved for this grant. This grant will enable us to hire an intern who will work with our youth that are not pursuing post-secondary education. We hope to be able to better understand the interests, skills, needs and goals of this group of youth, who have much to offer and contribute to our community.”
Project Lead Ryan Deska says the Wellington North Group were one of 10 applicants to receive this grant.
“The work plans we reviewed from all 35 communities who submitted Expressions of Interest have been quite impressive. Communities are looking at youth engagement from a number of different angles, from workforce development, to inclusivity to health and well-being. It’s encouraging to see this kind of energy focused on better engaging youth in the future of their rural communities.”
Each partner has developed their own unique approach to youth engagement, tailored to address needs in the local community. The interns will be tasked with implementing local work plans. ROI will be working alongside the partner communities to provide a collaborative environment for the interns, including an in-person orientation session and an online platform for knowledge sharing.
Final reports from this project will be shared publicly following its completion, outlining promising practices and lessons learned.