Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Youth Engagement Summit survey: We need your input!

By Nathan Mullins, DePauw University sophomore and Mayor’s Office intern

Hi, I’m Nathan Mullins and I’m a sophomore at DePauw University. I’ve been interning with Mayor Sue Murray for the past three weeks of winter term.

The beginning of my time here was mostly spent researching community development corporations, as well as helping in whatever way I could with the city’s proposal for a Stellar Communities grant.

More recently, I’ve been assisting with the plans for this year’s Youth Engagement Summit (YES) -- set for Feb. 27 -- an effort aimed at getting the 16-22 year olds of our city involved in the community and informed about what’s going on where they live.

Though we learned many things through the city’s first-ever YES in 2010, it was clear that this age group represented an untapped resource. That’s why the city is organizing another summit in 2011, as well as a new survey that’s being conducted in conjunction with it.

The survey is a simple way to gather data on the trends of young adults in order to better implement government resources that cater to them. Though it’s short, the results will offer City Hall a better understanding of young people in the area, as well as a set of data that can be utilized well into the future.

When you have a moment, please click here and take part in our survey. We’d appreciate your input!

And please mark your calendars for the 2011 Youth Engagement Summit, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. We hope to see you there!

Have any thoughts you'd like to share about the YES, or your experiences as a young person living in Greencastle? Post them below.