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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 began with two surveys which informed 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.

CK to the Power of Young People, Community Action Plan

Check out the recommendations from the local feedback surveys in the CKy, Community Action Plan - 2019, including helpful resources to get started. Overall, young people demonstrated that they want to be involved in organizations and communities where they are valued as contributors and have input on future direction, and local businesses and organizations showed interest in increasing engagement with young people. The CKy Community Action Plan aims to provide a starting point for organizations and employers to improve their efforts to attract, engage and retain young people on a local level, and is part of wider efforts by CAP and local partners to welcome new residents from across age and other demographics, including immigrant newcomers.

CKWorks: Attract, Engage, Retain Series

In partnership with the CK Workforce Planning Board, the Community Attraction and Promotion (CAP) team is planning a series of workshops for local employers and organizations to share tips on how to implement the CKy Community Action Plan for talent attraction and retention efforts.

The first workshop, 'Rooting Employees in Chatham-Kent' showcased how new residents can get connected to local lifestyle, clubs, and services. Employers and community agencies made connections that are assisting with retention planning locally.

The second workshop, 'Boosting Online Engagement', will highlight how local employers are using social media and web to improve their attraction efforts. Join us on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, from 7:00AM to 9:00AM at the John D Bradley Convention Centre. Registration includes breakfast starting at 7:00AM and the event will start at 7:30AM. Please register through Eventbrite:

Upcoming workshops will be posted here and shared through @LivingCK.

CK to the Power of Young People, Background

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).