After spending a week in Toronto gaining insights on resilient cities and challenging the barriers around youth employment with YouthfulCities and Evergreen staff, we (Halifax Co-Leads, Alfred Burgesson and Joyce Liu) are excited to launch the lab and to engage with youth locally!
Halifax is the largest city in Atlantic Canada with a population just above 400,000 people, and --- a city experiencing an urban renaissance and an increase in economic growth. Momentum around Tourism, Oceans, Tech, and Infrastructure are generating a buzz this city has never experienced before -- today a record number of cranes can be seen in the Halifax skyline, as major land and infrastructure projects will be developed in the coming years. However, in order to build the creative, sustainable and inclusive city our citizens desire to grow in, housing needs to be developed in a way that includes all voices -- including young people.
About Future City Builders:
Future City Builders will engage with 30 youth (18-29 years old) in Halifax to develop work ready skills while improving their city. Our 30Lab will focus on addressing challenges and opportunities around Housing. We will work with city experts to build accessible, healthy, and livable communities for all. After a series of workshops, participants will launch their innovative ideas at a public event, where they will have the opportunity to secure seed funding to bring projects to life within their communities. Projects around access to community transit and food, inclusionary zoning for social housing, homelessness and financing are all themes our lab can explore.
Why we think you should join us:
Tackle a social issue relevant to your city
Build your resume with a unique experience
Connect and learn from community and thought leaders
Increase your soft skills in teamwork, creativity, design thinking and engagement
Create a lasting network of peers in your city
Develop yourself as a community leader
Make an impact on your city through launching your community project
If you have any questions or concerns please email us, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alfred Burgesson & Joyce Liu
Future City Builders Co-Leads