Hanover is one of 10 community partners across the province to receive a grant from the Rural Ontario Institute,
With it's $8,000 in funding, Hanover is hiring a youth intern to head the Town’s Youth Engagement Strategy.
The intern will be responsible for developing and implementing youth engagement strategies, and actively providing a voice for local youth.
Economic Development Manager April Marshall says the youth intern will be charged with the task of finding innovative ways to share stories and further engage youth on community activities.
This intern will also produce a plan to bridge the gap between the youth and Hanover Council.
This gap was created after the Town was unsuccessful in its last attempt to fill the Student Councilor position at the Council table. (only filled once)
As part of that youth engagement, the intern will also work with Launch Pad on initiatives such as the creation of youth advisory/action committees.
The goal of the youth intern is to engage youth, capture their stories and gather feedback for the Town.
Marshall says Hanover‘s work plan objectives include : Strategic Planning, Storytelling and Political Engagement.
This is a temporary 14 week position that will run from May through to August.
The position is open to those between the ages 15 to 29 years of age.
Following this initiative, the Rural Ontario Institute (who provided the 8 thousand dollar grant to Hanover) will take the findings of the ten community partners that received the grant dollars and put those findings into a case study to help other rural communities on similar initiatives.
The other partners include: Timmins Youth Wellness Hub, Perth County, Northern Wellington, South Huron, Wellington Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brock Youth Centre, the Municipality of South Dundas, Recreation Outreach Centre - Picton and the City of Brockville.