ROB DRAL The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Brock Youth Centre is turning to Uxbridge for ideas on how to empower the youth in the local area.
Barb Smith, Entrepreneurial Coordinator and Jordan Starr, Brock Youth Centre Chair stopped by the Uxbridge Council Meeting on Monday, Feb. 22 to update the town on the 2nd annual Business Idea Competition. The Uxbridge semifinals take place on Thursday, March 3 at Uxbridge Secondary School at 12:45 p.m.
In addition to updating the town on the Business Idea Competition, the Brock Youth Centre is looking to expand their efforts further into Uxbridge. “We work in this area and we want to be in Uxbridge a lot more”, said Chair Jordan Starr.
The Brock Youth Centre is a community centre used for workshops, programs, athletics, drama, art, music, handcrafts, hobbies and recreation for the benefit of the general public. They also develop employment training and education programs for youth in need.
They have seen many youth programs lead to success in rural areas. Two examples being: The Cool Cow Ice Cream Parlour in Beaverton, which is run entirely by local youth and 12-year old, Simon Southwell who sells his giant pumpkins and giant pumpkin seeds all across the province.
The Youth Centre is currently searching for any businesses in Uxbridge willing to accomodate an entrepreneurial workshop for youth in the local community area.
The Brock Youth Centre searched for any gaps in the community and noticed jobs were hard to come by for local youth.
“Employment is an area of need in Uxbridge”, commented Starr. “We decided to go into youth entrepreneurship because of this.”
The Brock Youth Centre believes that getting the youth involved in an entrepreneurial program in Uxbridge can encourage them to stay in Uxbridge later on when starting their career.
“Youth that are involved in groups like this are more likely to invest in the community where they attended the program or workshop”, said Starr.
Uxbridge Council agree. “It would be really nice to see this sort of program here”, said Ward 1 Councillor Pamela Beach.
“Small business is our future here... it’s great what you’re doing here for rural communities”, added Ward 3 Councillor Dave Barton. Regional Councillor, Jack Ballinger commented that Uxbridge is a community based on agriculture and farming, and advised the youth centre to look into those sectors for help.
The Brock Youth Centre is open to any and all ideas from the general public and want to hear from anyone interested in helping the youth.
If you have an idea or comment please feel free to contact the Brock Youth Centre at 705-432-2444, or go to their website for more information at www.brockyouthcentre.ca
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