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Bringing back the youth

Panelists Tom Price, Rob Hooe, Craig Duckchief and Jennie Wiebe discuss employment and activities for youth, as well as connections to seniors, during a community workshop held Feb. 18 as part of Chase’s Project Comeback, which is looking at what youth need to stay in the community.  - Rick Koch photo
Panelists Tom Price, Rob Hooe, Craig Duckchief and Jennie Wiebe discuss employment and activities for youth, as well as connections to seniors, during a community workshop held Feb. 18 as part of Chase’s Project Comeback, which is looking at what youth need to stay in the community.
— image credit: Rick Koch photo

The top five things young people between 17 and 30 factor into a decision on where to live are: steady employment within driving distance; affordable housing; training opportunities; a safe and friendly place to raise a family; and a strong sense of community.

The top three things Chase could improve to help young people and their families are: professional development, health services and recreational opportunities.

These were just some of the findings of a survey distributed as part of Project Comeback, a pilot project Chase is involved in as one of five communities in B.C. which intend to develop and implement a plan to help retain, bring back and attract young people to the community.

Of the young adults surveyed, 76 per cent of those who have ever been asked to give their opinion on how to make Chase a more attractive place to live, said they didn’t share their opinion when asked.

Ninety-seven questionnaires were completed by high school students, young adults and other community members living in and away from Chase.

 

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