SUMMERSIDE – Community stakeholders are urged to attend a workshop next week relating to preparing youth for the job market.
The workshop, organized by Education 20/20 is chaired by Don Glendenning, and centers on the findings of a recent survey of more than 200 Island youth between the ages of 15 and 25.
The survey, Taking the Pulse of Island Youth, dealt with youth concerns about health, education, employment and social well being. The presentation, will be led by Steve McQuaid, vice president of the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island and Katherine MacDonald, researcher, and will provide details about the methodology and results.
“We thought that was important and decided to convene people and allow them to hear the results of the report, the findings,” Glendenning said. “Many of the community foundations across the country take a look at some aspect of their community. On P.E.I. they decided to look at youth issues.”
He said it is an issue that needs the involvement of all sectors of the community.
“Part of our view is that people need to be involved and need to know about these things,” Glendenning said. “Education is more than just a school problem and there may be other things that the community can do, can help with on know about.
It’s an engagement process by getting the community engaged in helping to solve the problem.”
Glendenning said he is hoping for wide ranging representation from the community to attend the workshop.
“The two particulars that were mentioned in the report were preparation for work and the second one is for further education,” he said. “If parents or employers were there they could elaborate or if there are students, they could talk to employers. I find, generally, that there is not a lot of conversation among the various stakeholders. So, hopefully, if we get a variety in the same room they’ll talk to each other.”
Glendenning said two workshops have already been held on the Island. The first took place in Stratford and the other in Montague.
“There was a lively discussion,” he said. “In Stratford, people talked land after the session was over. They seemed happy to be able to talk about it. They shared views on it. The first question asked by somebody in Stratford was what is the role of education? What is the role of schools anyway?”
Glendenning said the word “courage” was raised at the Stratford session.
“Somebody, it may have been a student but I don’t remember, raised the question of courage - that students need to have courage to try different things. Parents and the public need to have courage to speak out on issues. I thought that was an interesting take on the discussion. We’re trying to stir up discussion and debate, get people talking to each other and solve the problems that be.”
The workshop will take place on March 11 at Credit Union Place beginning at 7 p.m. The session is open to the public.
For more information visit www.education2020.ca or call (902) 892-2060.