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Leaders appointed for regional ‘Youth Connections’ project

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District youth will be working together to develop a directory of programs and services available to them when “Youth Connections” seminars are held in Rainy River, Atikokan, and Fort Frances.

Starting today at Rainy River High School, with another session tomorrow at Atikokan High School, Atikokan teens Sarah Herr and Sara Livicker, along with Robert Oliver of here, will be brainstorming with youth to get a better idea of what young people looking for jobs want to know.

The date of the seminar in Fort Frances is yet to be confirmed although it’s expected to be within the next week, and likely will include the Seven Generations Education Institute.

“This has been a long-time in the making,” said Wendy Olson, project co-ordinator for the Northwest Training and Adjustment Board.

“It’s based on a youth directory in [southern Ontario], and we’re basically looking at how we can use that model to create a resource for youth in the northwest,” she added.

Olson noted the directory is aimed at youth aged 18-29, who either are looking to make the right connections for job training or to start up their own small businesses.

“I think it should be very useful. A lot of the stuff we’re trying to get at is what you don’t learn in school,” said Herr, who also serves as president of her student council and is a student trustee on the Rainy River District School Board.

Once content is decided upon, business plans and marketing strategies will be looked at in order to create a viable business venture out of the completed booklet.

Olson said she hopes sufficient data to compile a report will be gathered by the end of June, with the report hitting print in time for the start of the 2000-01 school year.

Besides NTAB, other “Youth Connections” partners include the local public school board, Rainy River Future Development Corp., and Northern Community Development Services.

For more information, call 1-800-305-1923.

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