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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Focus on Youth Retention Strategies in Hanover

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Survey recently completed by town polling 125 youth.

The results are in on a Youth Survey Report conducted in Hanover, and the Town is currently going over the data.

Hanover plans to use the survey data to help the Town in its youth retention and engagement strategies.

Economic Development Manager April Marshall says the data indicates that most youth would like to stay in this area, but many are convinced they have to leave in order to get a good paying job.

As such, Marshall says Hanover will be working with employers to come up with ways to better communicate to youth of all the employment opportunities that are available.

She says this includes highlighting the various skilled trades career opportunities in the region.

The survey also indicated a desire by youth to obtain more soft skills.

Marshall says this includes resume writing, interview as well as customer service skills and employment mentorship opportunities.

The Youth Survey also revealed that if Hanover truly wants to reach youth through communication, it needs to be done through social media as opposed to traditional communication.

Respondents supported the idea of having a separate youth website that focuses on highlighting youth employment, volunteerism, mentorship opportunities, events and programs.

Along with more jobs and higher wages, youth surveyed also want more educational and recreational opportunities locally.

Marshall says the Town will work with Launch Pad in an effort to find ways to address the needs of youth identified.

125 youth participated in the survey, the majority of respondents were 18 years of age and under.

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