Design Cafés Invite Young People to Help Plan Future Event
HAMILTON February 5, 2009
: The Hamilton Economic Summit has introduced a new element to helpaddress the need to involve local students and youth in the collaborative process of renewing our community.“Senior community leaders at last year’s summit emphasized the importance of asking young people to sharetheir ideas on how Hamilton can become one of Canada’s top communities of choice for the nextgeneration,” says Richard Ward Allen, senior advisor, Hamilton Economic Summit. “We have responded byintroducing a post-summit event focused exclusively on young people age 15 to 25.”It will take place at McMaster Innovation Park located in west Hamilton on May 7, 2009. A specialcommittee has been established to organize a day-long experience that delivers on the goal of engagingyoung people in defining Hamilton’s future and then sharing their ideas with the community at large.The organizing committee believes it is essential to invite young people into the work of planning the event.To this end, the committee is hosting five informal design cafés across Hamilton beginning the week of February 16. Each café will include a brief presentation highlighting numerous aspects of our local economyfollowed by an open discussion on how young people envisage creating a more vibrant, prosperous andopportunity-rich Hamilton —
ideas that will inform the design of the May 7 event.
Energetic young people interested in making a difference in our community are encouraged to attend a
Design Café offered in various locations on the following dates:Tue Feb 17
333 King Street East Downtown Hamilton
10 King Street West Downtown Dundas
135 Upper Centennial Parkway Upper Stoney Creek
The Old Powerhouse Restaurant
21 Jones Street Downtown Stoney Creek
207 Parkside Drive WaterdownAll cafés run from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, follow a similar format and include light refreshments. To register,e-mail Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org your preferred location or call 905-522-1151x 237 and leave a message. Youth are encouraged to share the opportunity with others and to bring a friend
~ the more participants, the better!
In an age when quality of place is a powerful magnet for attracting and retaining top talent, it is essential thatmetropolitan areas offer what young people increasingly look for in a home community: Connectivity tonature, an aesthetically pleasing built environment, a rich diversity of people and perspectives, and plenty of work opportunities.Says Allen: “Inviting students and youth to document and share their vision of a community they will oneday inherit makes good sense.”
Organizing Committee for May 7 Event
Richard Allen, Hamilton Economic SummitChristopher Cutler, Path Employment Services…/2