Up to $10,000 is available to help a local organization work with a Selkirk College student to undertake community-based research in the West Kootenay and Boundary region. The annual TeckServ Internship, now in its seventh year, provides support for an applied research project designed to offer ongoing benefit to the community.
Education is a key social determinant of health.1 From the early years to adulthood, education is a foundation of healthy personal development. The importance of literacy is well documented, including how literacy matters not only for personal health, educational attainment, and financial security, but for the well-being of a community and health of the economy.2 Education increases overall literacy and understanding of how one can promote one’s own health and well-being, and provides the knowledge and skills needed to actively participate and contribute to society.
Youth are increasingly at a disadvantage in today’s labour market due to an increased emphasis on experience. In rural areas there can be even fewer opportunities for youth and those opportunities that are available can be undesirable (e.g., fewer opportunities, short term contracts, no benefits, low wages), impacting the ability for youth to stay or return. Additionally, inaccessible services and few youth specific services can amplify challenges, as can out-of-date marketing of job opportunities, negative perceptions of youth, and logistical challenges (e.g., transportation).
The project Training, engagement, and retention: a ‘learning region’ approach to rural youth is a partnership between Simon Fraser University, the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation, and the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute that explores rural youth retention, training, and engagement in detail. A literature review was completed as part of this project in order to summarize current literature and provide an overview of the topics, as well as existing examples. There is a great deal of related research and literature and it is growing.