Who is Strathcona County Next Gen?
We are a youth-serving youth-led group!
Strathcona County Next Gen is an initiative brought through collaboration between community partners. We are a group driven to motivate and support the youth and young adults in Strathcona County by providing them with a platform to lead and inspire change, to connect and build, and to shape the future of Strathcona County.
2019: Strathcona County commissioned a consulting firm to conduct a Youth Needs and Assets Assessment (YNAA). The YNAA explored existing opportunities for youth and young adults in the County between the ages of 14-29 while identifying areas for improvement.
The overarching recommendation was to create a community-led collaborative youth strategy to guide the implementation of recommendations, including youth and young adult representation.
2020: Youth-serving organizations within the community were invited to participate on the Youth Strategy Steering Committee.
To adhere to the principle of "nothing about us without us," the Next Gen initiative was established as a means to engage self-identified youth and young adults to help create the change they would like to see in Strathcona County!