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Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People (aged 15-39) - CKy Initiative

The Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People (CKy) initiative consisted of two surveys and suggested action items to improve Chatham-Kent's ability to attract, engage, and retain young people aged 15-39. This initiative is a follow-up to an original CK Survey of Young People in 2012. To read full 2012 findings, click here: CK Survey of Young People 2012 findings.

The first survey was conducted in June 2017, to gain feedback from young people aged 15-39 years old on their experience living in Chatham-Kent. Check out the highlights in the CK Young People Feedback, Infographic.pdf. Full findings from this survey are available here: Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People, 2017 Survey.

The second survey, the CKy Organization Survey, was conducted in March, 2018, and gained feedback on what community organizations and employers are doing to attract, engage, and retain young people. The findings from the second survey are available in the Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People, Organization Report, 2018.

Feedback gained from community members directs the work of RAR to attract and retain people (including young people, newcomers and active retirees) to Chatham-Kent. The findings from the June 2017 survey of young people have helped identify and refine four key focus areas for RAR:

Live (promoting the quality of life and amenities in CK)

Learn (promoting studying, training and co-ops & internships in CK)

Work (promoting employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in CK)

Play (promoting the things to do in CK and how community members can get involved)

In addition to these focus areas, the findings of the 2017 survey led to the creation of the first Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People Advisory Group in 2018. Find out more about the CK^y Advisory Group here.

The RAR team works with a wide range of community partners to help make all of this happen. Most importantly, we seek continuous feedback from the people who are connected to Chatham-Kent. Please join in on the conversation through our social media channels (@LivingCK and @baCK2CK), let us know what you think by emailing or calling us, tell your friends and family about life in Chatham-Kent!