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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 Advisory Group

The findings of the 2017 survey led to the creation of the first Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People (CK^y) Advisory Group in 2018. Find out more about the CK^y Advisory Group here, including their current activities and current membership. 

During the month of September, 2020, the CK^y Advisory Group is hosting a survey to learn more about what is important to young people in Chatham-Kent, as well as a recruitment drive. Follow the activities of the CK^y Advisory Group here and over social media on Facebook and InstagramTo speak with a member of the CK^y Advisory Group, and share your thoughts and opinions, email!

CK^y 2020 Survey

The CK to the Power of Young People Advisory Group is looking for feedback on life in Chatham-Kent and what matters to the young people (aged 15 - 39) living here. The survey should take between 5 - 10 minutes and responses will help the CKy Advisory Group to learn more about what is important to young people (aged 15 - 39) in Chatham-Kent and what the CK^y Advisory Group should be focusing on.

Complete the survey at by September 30, 2020.

2020 Applications

The CK^y Advisory Group is also recruiting new members, with the term to start in January 2021. Existing CK^y Advisory Group members will review applications in October and notify successful applications in November, 2020.

To apply, please visit by September 30, 2020. 

The Advisory Group will consist of up to 14 members, aged 15-39, who work, live, or study in Chatham-Kent. Efforts will be made to gain membership that is reflective of Chatham-Kent's population in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, and economic status, as well as represent diverse areas of knowledge, expertise, and interest. Members will also represent the geography of Chatham-Kent. The CK^y Advisory Group members are expected to attend at least four of six annual meetings.

If you would like a hard copy of the application, please email or call 519-360-1998 to request one.

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.

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)

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).