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Project Comeback

BC Rural Network (BCRN) is excited to share the success of their latest initiative—Project Comeback—a project to engage youth and enable them to make a permanent home in rural communities. With help from Fraser Basin Council, Project Comeback has been piloted in five BC communities: City of Williams Lake, Smithers District Chamber of Commerce, and […]

Project Comeback

Objective
Identify, build and share community based knowledge and evidence about innovative strategies that enable youth to stay in or move back to their rural hometowns.

Description

BC Rural Network (BCRN) is excited to share the success of their latest initiative—Project Comeback—a project to engage youth and enable them to make a permanent home in rural communities. With help from Fraser Basin Council, Project Comeback has been piloted in five BC communities: City of Williams Lake, Smithers District Chamber of Commerce, and Regional District of Mount Waddington, and the communities of Chase and Kaslo. The pilot ran over a two year period – from December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2014.

The project has helped communities determine their specific barriers to youth retention, make recommendations and develop a successful strategy to ensure youth in rural communities can compete in the global market. Information gathered by researching current workforce trends and baseline community surveys will give participating rural communities the ability to respond effectively to the needs of today’s youth.  Ensuring that rural communities become and continue to be attractive to youth helps rural communities deal with the current trend of aging population and youth migration.

Project Comeback has been generously financed by Human Resource and Skills Development Canada, and BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

For more information download our information bulletin or visit our resources page for all documents developed over the course of the project.

Read about Project Comeback’s progress over two years in the final report: Project Comeback Final Report

For Further Information contact:

Maureen LeBourdais
Fraser Basin Council
250-392-1400
mlebourdais@fraserbasin.bc.ca

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Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern Communities (LIRN)

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities.  LIRN BC helps build the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities through facilitating learning events for residents. LIRN BC will offer its support through event planning, […]

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern Communities (LIRN)

Objective
LIRN - Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and northern British Columbian communities.

Description

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities.  LIRN BC helps build the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities through facilitating learning events for residents. LIRN BC will offer its support through event planning, workshop and/or dialogue design, facilitation, training, and reporting services.

Participating communities are usually expected to establish a steering committee to help with planning, marketing, providing a venue, and catering if needed.

Please note that direct funding or cash is not available through LIRN BC.

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Rural Youth Diversity Project

Rural communities across British Columbia face a twin demographic challenge of a loss of youth through out-migration and an aging baby-boomer population. To ensure rural communities are desirable and welcoming places to live in now and into the future, they must identify what it is that young value in their communities and how these values […]

Rural Youth Diversity Project

Objective
Support rural youth in networking, building alliances with community organizations in their hometowns and developing skills to effectively contribute to the pluralism - and the long term sustainability - of their own communities.

Description

SPC_ProjectComeback2Rural communities across British Columbia face a twin demographic challenge of a loss of youth through out-migration and an aging baby-boomer population. To ensure rural communities are desirable and welcoming places to live in now and into the future, they must identify what it is that young value in their communities and how these values translate into a sense of place that young people want to live in or come back to.

The Rural Youth Diversity Project connected both urban and rural youth from diverse cultural and faith backgrounds and provided a safe space over a two day period on April 7 and 8, 2014 for youth to discuss community-based values and experiences within both the rural and urban contexts. Youth that participated in this project will benefit from networking with one another, building alliances with community organizations, and developing skills to effectively contribute to the pluralism – and the long-term sustainability – of their own communities.

By bringing together participants from communities throughout BC, the Rural Youth Diversity Project helps identify their shared values and differences and brings the voices of these young adults to inform the development and outcomes of community-based programs, such as the BC Rural Network’s Project Comeback.

You can follow the development of the Rural Youth Diversity Project by joining our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ruralyouthdiversityproject2014/

Read the project’s final report: Rural Youth Diversity Project Final Report

For more information please contact Erin Robinson at erobinson@fraserbasin.bc.ca

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