Rural Communities Interested In Attracting Youth

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Return to Rural, Alberta
Project Alberta http://www.returntorural.ca/
Return to Rural is a rural community economic development project aimed at attracting and retaining early and mid-career families to the rural communities of selected regions in Alberta. The return to rural philosophy is built on the idea that by blending technology and youth, it is possible to create an environment where rural living is a viable choice for youth. It works with youth, government, community and businesses to foster a future oriented dialogue. It provides education and training to civic leaders, community and businesses to inspire change and growth. The project provides best practices for rural communities who wish to work on the attraction and retention of young families for their areas. 

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
The Summer Company Program, Medicine Hat College Alberta
Program Alberta http://www.mhc.ab.ca/Services/EntrepreneurDevelopmentCentre/SummerCompanyInfo.aspx
Summer Company is an opportunity for enterprising young people who want to start and run their own summer businesses. The program provides hands-on business coaching and mentoring from local community business leaders who will work with youth to make their summer company a reality. The program awards student entrepreneurs with up to $10,000, plus valuable mentorship opportunities. Rural communities can take advantage of business consulting services and resources available through the network of program providers.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
The RABC Pilot Program
Program Alberta http://www.rabc.ca/index.php/about-us
The Pilot Program is a partnership between the Government of Alberta and local organizations actively involved with the business community. As part of the three year program, RABCs provide advice and information services to entrepreneurs and small businesses to assist them in making informed business decisions. The centres provide services to entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers at all stages of the business life cycle from the start-up to expansion to succession planning. Each rural business centre will provide one-on-one business advice, seminars, workshops and access to relevant information about small businesses and business opportunities. Communities have been selected for the pilot program. Results from the pilot will be used to determine the future sustainability of the program and potential expansion of rural business centres to other communities.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
The Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
Program Alberta http://humanservices.alberta.ca/working-in-alberta/3158.html
The program helps high school and post-secondary students to develop their skills, knowledge and work experience through temporary employment during the spring and summer months. It provides money to help not-for-profit organizations hire knowledgeable and enthusiastic summer staff. Employers benefit from the work accomplished by the STEP employees, new ideas and perspectives and exposure to potential full-time employees. Rural communities who wish to support their youth can get more information on this program through Alberta Works.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Rural Roots: Communities in Action, Alberta
Program Alberta http://www.changeforchildren.org/ruralroots/ruralroots.html
Rural Roots: Communities in Action is a pro­gram of Change for Children Association that recognizes youth as Alberta's most important resource. Rural Roots provides community leadership training and hands-on workshops with other youth and inspiring youth leaders. It provides resources for teachers and communities to increase youth engagement. The program also organizes events that connect rural youth across the province. The program can help rural communities to boost their efforts for youth engagements.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
ACCA Co-operative Youth Program
Program Alberta http://www.learningcentre.coop/resource/acca-co-operative-youth-program
The ACCA Co-operative Youth Program is a program of Alberta Community and Co-operative Association. It creates awareness and understanding in youth about co-operative ideals, leadership development, and the importance of community and the agriculture industry. The first Co-operative Youth Program was held at Elk Island National Park at Camp Agape in 1961, attracting 91 young people between the ages of 16 and 20 from rural Alberta. It was intended to develop leadership skills and co-operative attitudes in youth, and to encourage their active involvement in the community. The program could be used as a model for Alberta municipalities looking to provide an innovative learning environment that fosters the development of leadership skills and co-operative ideals in youth.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
The Entrepreneur Development Centre at Medicine Hat College
Centre Alberta http://www.mhc.ab.ca/Services/EntrepreneurDevelopmentCentre.aspx
The Entrepreneur Development Centre at Medicine Hat College offers business coaching and access to resources.  The College organizes seminars and events to encourage young entrepreneurs to enter in to business. The services are available to students and alumni from all disciplines who wish to succeed in business.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Skills Canada Alberta (SCA)
Association Alberta http://skillsalberta.com/about-us
Skills Canada Alberta (SCA) is a not-for-profit provincial association. It serves as a critical link between employers, educators, labour groups and government to reposition trade and technical careers as a first choice career option for youth in Alberta. It works to equip youth with the skills to help Canada compete successfully in a drastically changing world market. This is accomplished through programming targeted at junior high, senior high and post-secondary students.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
CAREERS: The Next Generation
Organization Alberta http://www.nextgen.org
CAREERS: The Next Generation is a non-profit organization raising youth awareness of career options and helping students earn while they learn through internship. It partners with government, educators, communities, industry, parents and students to introduce youth to rewarding careers and develop the skilled workers of the future. Communities can get more information and support from the organization.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Trade Secrets - Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
Training and Services Alberta http://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/
Trade Secrets provides information on trades and occupations, scholarships, awards and financial assistance. There are 12 field offices located throughout Alberta. Rural communities can get more information through the Apprenticeship and Industry Training office in their area.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Workplace Training
Services Alberta http://humanservices.alberta.ca/working-in-alberta/3215.html
Workplace Training focuses on helping clients acquire the employment skills needed to find and maintain employment and increase their income from employment. This type of job skills training has two parts. First is work exposure which is designed to help clients develop an awareness of a specific occupation and employment opportunities over a period of a few weeks. Second is a workplace training which is tailor-made and structured worksite-based training opportunities of 12 months or less that teach clients specific skills for occupations that are in demand. Rural communities who wish to support their youth can get more information on this program through Alberta Works.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS)
Services Alberta http://alis.alberta.ca/index.html
ALIS is an online source for education and training information. This site includes content about secondary education and training institutions. Francophone programs are also highlighted. Rural communities can get detailed information and contacts regarding career, learning and employment from that website.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (AYEC)
Camp Alberta http://ayec.ca/
AYEC is a week-long camp for youth age, 13 to15. It is held for youth who are interested in learning about business and entrepreneurship. The main focus of this camp is to educate youth about teamwork, marketing, advertising, preparing a cash-flow statement and writing a business plan. Campers set up their own businesses and use real money, which they borrow from actual bankers. The last day is 'Business bay' at the camp, where campers have the opportunity to open and operate their businesses. The youth also participate in many fun recreational activities throughout their week at camp.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Time to Choose a post-secondary education program
Booklet Alberta http://alis.alberta.ca/ep/careershop/showproduct.html?DisplayCode=PRODUCT&EntityKey=6255 or
This book is for the person looking for information on Alberta post-secondary education programs. It can assist their learning and work exploration and the ability to make life and work decisions. The booklet can be used to get more information on post-secondary education programs that are available for rural communities.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Multiple Choices - Planning Your Career for the 21st Century
Booklet Alberta http://alis.alberta.ca/pdf/cshop/LabourMarketInfo.pdf
This book is written for people who are making career-related decisions. It helps people understand how career development is a continuous process with a series of choices. It explains the difference between jobs, occupations and roles and how to identify positive assets and characteristics (e.g., skills, interests, values, beliefs and knowledge). It also provides further information and resources. The booklet can be used as a resource guide to make career decisions.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Career Planner: Choosing an Occupation
Booklet Alberta http://alis.alberta.ca/ep/careershop/showproduct.html?DisplayCode=PRODUCT&EntityKey=2107
This easy-to-read booklet is written for youth and adults to help them plan their career by increasing their learning and work exploration and by improving their ability to make life and work decisions. It helps them identify and discover how their skills, interests, values and traits are related to their work roles. The booklet can be used by rural communities to develop action plans and problem solving strategies for their youth.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Workability Handbook
Booklet Alberta http://alis.alberta.ca/ep/careershop/showproduct.html?DisplayCode=PRODUCT&EntityKey=6394
This booklet is a starting point for people who are looking for work. It will improve their ability to make life/work decisions. It will help them to explore the personal qualities, skills, knowledge and attitudes that are necessary to get and keep work.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth internships (YI)
Program Canada http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cap-pac.nsf/eng/home
Youth internships were coordinated by Industry Canada and were closed on March, 2012. The internships were intended to provide employment opportunities for young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30, primarily students, recent graduates, the underemployed and the unemployed. Youth internships Canada created jobs and other social, educational and economic benefits associated with the expanded use of information and communications technology. Youth interns worked at community access sites across Canada.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Make Way for Youth- Nova Scotia
Project Canada http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/Agency/mediaroom/NewsReleases/Pages/1887.aspx
The Nova Scotia Government ran a brief pilot project that allowed young people from across Canada to visit the province and to be matched with opportunities in Halifax Regional Municipality and Colchester County of the province. The project assessed personal suitability and arranged exploratory visits to match youth with entrepreneurship, local industry, culture, heritage, and tourism and employment opportunities. The project also worked to counter out-migration by reaching out to current resident youth between the ages of 14 and 17 and educated them on their impact in the future of their communities. The project could be a best practice for rural communities who wish to attract and retain their youth.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth strategy (YS) Program in Quebec
Program Canada http://www.sadc-cae.ca/index.php/en/our-services/youth.html
The YS program aims to encourage the acquisition, implementation, expansion or modernization of a business by one or more young people, and to enhance young people's employability and develop their social, cultural and economic commitment to their community. The success of this business project attracts youth to the region and therefore, counters the migration of young people to large urban centers. It offers financing, advice and support to youth for their business projects.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Young Canada Works
Program Canada https://www.youngcanadaworks.ca/index-eng.cfm
Young Canada Works offers students and recent graduates the chance to use their skills, build their career's equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path. Young Canada Works also offers employers an opportunity to benefit from innovative ideas and competitive skills. Wage subsidies are available for eligible employers.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
The Young Entrepreneurs Program
Program Canada http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthyliving/youth/businesses/youngentrepreneurs.html
The program encourages Manitoba's young people to start their own full-time businesses and pursue self-employment as a career choice. Applications are accepted on a year-round basis from youth aged 18 to 29 years.  Under the Young Entrepreneurs program, approved applicants are eligible for a grant of up to $4,000 to help defray business start-up cost and capital expenditures.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth Ventures Program
Program Canada http://www.youthventuresnl.com/
The program offers business planning, marketing and advertising support to participants throughout the summer. Help in applying for a small business loan is also available.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Career Edge- A National Youth Internship Program
Program Canada https://www.careeredge.ca/en/home
Career Edge internships are open to graduates of university, college, or high school wishing to spend six, nine or twelve months gaining career experience with an established company in Canada. Rural communities can get more information through their website.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Place aux jeunes du Quebec
Program Canada https://www.placeauxjeunes.qc.ca/
The program was started to stop the exodus of young graduates to big cities. The program helps them discover the various facets of their region, allows them to meet participants in the local economy and invites them to imagine themselves and their future in that region. Rural communities can use the program as best practice to stop youth out-migration from rural areas.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)
Organization Canada http://www.cybf.ca/
The CYBF is a national organization and delivers its program through a collaborative network of Community Partners (CPs). The Community Partners network champions youth entrepreneurship in their communities and directly work with young people to guide them through the entire CYBF process to obtain funding and a mentor. The CPs and their volunteer Local Review Committee members are essential to the entrepreneur's success and in preventing out- migration of youth from their respective communities. Rural communities can get help from CYBF for their youth businesses from pre-launch planning to start-up and to implementation by pre-launch and post-launch coaching, financing and mentoring.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
4-H Canada
Organization Canada http://www.4-h-canada.ca/
4-H is one of Canada's longest-running youth organizations for young people between the ages of 8 and 21. It is dedicated to the growth and development of rural youth. It gives youth opportunities to learn new things such as citizenship, cooperation, leadership, responsibility and independence through a dedicated group of volunteer leaders. 4-H youth learn the skills needed to contribute to making this a better world. Many of them go on to become leaders in their communities. Locally, 4-H gives back to the community and creates community leaders. Provincially, there are opportunities for conferences, camps and scholarships. Nationally, 4-H members have the opportunity to see different parts of Canada and the world, apply for scholarships and participate in some of the country's longest-running youth conferences.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE)
Organization Canada http://www.cfee.org/
The CFEE as a non?profit educational organization works to increase awareness and understanding of economic matters among teachers and students in high schools and community colleges. It hosts conferences and seminars and produces a wide range of print, video and computer software resources specifically designed for use by young Canadians in the school system. It also works to promote and assist the enhanced economic capabilities of young Canadians and to increase the extent to which they can assume their economic roles, and make economic decisions with competence and confidence.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Camp Je: Entrepreneurship Vacation in Québec
Organization Canada http://www.sadc-cae.ca/index.php/en/our-services/youth.html
Camp Je was founded by the Réseau des SADC du Québec, a network of non-profit organizations that brings out the best in Québec's regions and ensures each region's development. Camp Je offers teens, aged 13 to 17 an opportunity to learn business basics in a fun, vacation-like atmosphere. The participants work with a team to create a small business, ask for a loan and produce market and sell a product. Camp Je has become an event that municipalities all over Québec compete for hosting.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Junior Achievement
Organization Canada http://www.jacan.org
Junior Achievement is a youth education organization and Canada?wide business program that promotes entrepreneurship and business. It produces graduates who are more likely to become entrepreneurs, create jobs and power our economy. Last year, more than 216,000 students, in 400+ communities, benefited from JA programs that were delivered by over 13,000 dedicated business mentors who presented in excess of 1.4 million hours of instructional time.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
MB4Youth
Organization Canada http://www.gov.mb.ca/cyo/youth/index.html
MB4Youth works closely with youth, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, community groups, educational institutions, provincial departments, and other levels of government. The main goal is to work with prospective employers to facilitate the hiring of students and youth up to age 29 by providing internships, grants, job referrals, mentorship and bursary opportunities, and wage incentives. It is also a source of information for all youth programs and services offered by the Government of Manitoba. MB4Youth makes it easier for youth to access over 200 provincial programs and services through the OpportunitiesMB web portal.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE)
Organization Canada http://www.acecanada.ca
ACE is a national organization dedicated to support student business owners and promoting entrepreneurship as a viable career option. It delivers programming that provides university and college students access to real world experience that complements in-class studies.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Enactus
Organization Canada http://www.enactus.ca/
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Its annual national competitions provide a forum for Enactus teams to present the results of their projects. Through rounds of live presentation - based competition, students showcase how their community outreach projects are shaping the economic, social and environmental landscape of Canada. The national champion moves on to represent Canada at the prestigious Enactus World Cup.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth Employment Information
Website Canada http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml
The website provides information on employment and learning opportunities including the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) which the Government of Canada created to help young Canadians, aged 15to 30 obtain education, career and employment information. The general inquiry line can assist with employment and career resources, student loans, bursaries, Aboriginal specific services and services for people with disabilities.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
IPS Ontario - Inventory of Programs and Services
Website Canada http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/
This bilingual site provides improved access to a comprehensive searchable database of local, provincial and federal employment programs and services. It provides tools to assist job seekers, employment service providers, community agencies and the public. The IPS is a free online database of programs and services that lead to employment. The IPS database is a comprehensive inventory with a primary focus on local programs and services. Rural communities can get information on programs and services that are available throughout the country or province.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth Link
Website Canada http://www.youthlink.ca/
Youth Link includes more than 250 programs, services and resources for young people between 15 and 30. It is also a valuable resource for career counsellors, parents, educators, employers and community groups.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth Retention and Attraction Strategy (YRAS) - Newfoundland and Labrador
Report Canada http://youth.gov.nl.ca/strategy/pdf/Youth-Retention-and-Attraction-Strategy.pdf
The strategy was based on extensive engagement with youth 18 to 30 and concluded with the creation of an Office of Youth Engagement, which is responsible for the coordination of youth related programs and policy development. A set of action items emerged from the YRAS and is currently being implemented at the provincial level. The initiatives are also designed to address key transition periods for youth that strongly influence their decisions about their careers and training, where they will live, work and raise their families, and the roles they will assume in their communities.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
A Youth Council Toolkit
Toolkit Canada http://www.ruralontarioinstitute.ca/file.aspx?id=061706a3-2f32-4d2b-a38a-a5cf2c24c9ec
The Youth Council Toolkit is a general guide that provides tips and best practices in creating a Youth Council in the community or within an organization. Rural communities can use this toolkit for suggestions, tips and best practices to increase youth participation.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Rural Business Planner
Software Canada http://www.fmc-gac.com/resources/beginning-farmers
The Rural Business Planner is packed with tips, resource information and step?by?step checklists to help farm and rural business owners plan their businesses more easily. Rural municipalities can contact Canadian Farm Business Management Council for more information on this software.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Community-based Aquaculture Program
Program Other http://blueventures.org/conservation/aquaculture/
In rural Maine, a high school formed a partnership with regional colleges to create a community-based aquaculture program. Students raise fish, maintain a hydroponic greenhouse, farm mussels, sell bait, and are engaged in a drift study with local fishermen. Case study data suggest that the program has been effective in realizing its goal of increasing school attendance, decreasing dropout rates, and enhancing students' educational and career aspirations.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Nebraska's Hometown Competitiveness Program
Program Other http://htccommunity.whhive.com/about
The program is designed to give young people a reason, an opportunity and the encouragement to come home again to work and raise their families. The program specifically targets entrepreneurial development and training, youth engagement and wealth transfer capture for community investment. The program has experienced early success and several additional communities are pursuing this model.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Rural Enterprise Assistance Project
Project Other http://www.cfra.org/reap/home
In Nebraska, the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project works to engage youth in local business associations, encourages youth to invest in their local communities and provides entrepreneurship training to high school students. By providing these early opportunities that provide a sense of pride towards their home communities, youth may be more inclined to remain or return in their home communities to start businesses and improve the local economy.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
Organization Other http://www.nfte.com
NFTE's mission is to teach entrepreneurship to low-income young people, aged 11 to 18, to help them become economically productive members of society by improving their academic, business and life skills. NFTE has developed a variety of specialized curriculum products designed for students, as well as educators and youth workers. NFTE's programs are offered in a variety of settings including public schools, after-school programs at community-based organizations and intensive summer business camps.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth Venture
Organization Other http://www.youthventure.org
Youth Venture is a national not-for-profit organization that empowers young people (aged 12 to 20) to create and launch their own enterprises to take greater responsibility for their lives and communities. 'Dream it. Do it' is a collaborative effort between Juniorjobs.com and Youth Venture; this project aims to promote social entrepreneurship among youth aged 13 to 20. The partnership offers young people the support they need to create, lead and launch their own enterprise including materials, technical allies, media opportunities, national recognition, workshops and training.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Communities in Schools (CIS)
Project Other http://www.communitiesinschools.org/
CIS is a not-for-profit organization that sets out to keep youths in school through connecting schools and communities. Local CIS programs are independent, non-profit, community, city or countywide public/private-partnership organizations. Each CIS operation surrounds young people with a community of tutors, mentors, health care providers and career counselors. CIS's 18 sites offer, by giving the start-up dollars, youth entrepreneurship or youth enterprise as part of their programming. CIS operations currently serve 1,100 schools across the country.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Remote and Rural Enterprise (RARE)
Project Other http://sydney.edu.au/business/study/opportunities/rare
RARE creates two-way learning and development exchanges between graduate students and enterprises in remote and rural Australia.  Through action-research projects and community placements, students are required to adapt their business skills to specific community needs and new socio-cultural contexts. The engagement with real business challenges and communities is intended to increase students' entrepreneurial capability as well as social and cultural empathy and respect.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
The Young Dairy Development Program
Program Other http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/rrc/IFSC/IFSC_Final_Report.pdf
The Young Dairy Development Program is a dairy industry network group aimed at young dairy farmers aged 18 to 40. The Young Dairy Development Program is a good example of industry taking responsibility to develop the networks that young farmers value so highly.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Young Achievement Australia
Program Other http://resources.mhs.vic.edu.au/business/youngachievers.asp
This is a cross-curricular program bringing together groups of students from a school or variety of schools in a local area. The program provides enterprise education for all students, irrespective of their curriculum choices, and is accredited for a Small Business Management Certificate. Students experience typical issues and options confronting commercial operations and develop enterprise skills such as decision-making, negotiations, risk-taking, creativity, communication and teamwork.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Youth Outreach Program
Program Other http://www.youthoutreach.org.au/home
The program is a not-for-profit program that uses an innovative and holistic mentoring model to provide at risk young people in Western Australia with links, opportunities and supports in education, employment and training, while addressing personal needs such as accommodation, financial security, family mediation and counseling. In collaboration with its young clients, their families and their local community, it tries to address the issues young people face.

Rural communities interested in attracting Youth
Flyingstart Online
Website Other http://flyingstartonline.com/
FlyingStart is an Internet platform where students and graduates get information and access to services. It also facilitates the establishment of Enterprise Societies at UK universities. Members have access to a database of all available funding and grants in the UK. They can network with over 10,000 graduate entrepreneurs, and can ask hundreds of experts in accounting, tax, law, sales, marketing, PR, business support and planning. The system allows to create own websites and offers a system to recruit and network with members and create blogs and forums, and upload events and documents to keep members/ supporters informed.


This document is intended for guidance and information only. It identifies resources available on the web. However, it is not considered as an all-inclusive listing of resources.