In 2010, the fourth year of the Youth Engagement Project, the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure challenged 63 young people from Brampton, Burlington, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Pickering, Toronto (Scarborough), Vaughan and Whitby to find solutions to urban growth issues using their own communities as their laboratories.
Over three months, the high school students aged 16 to 18 completed individual assignments and attended workshops to learn about urban design, sustainable transportation and green energy. The project culminated in a final Design Workshop where they built 3-D models of their communities and presented their 25-year visions to the Minister.
Participants on a walking tour of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, Toronto
Participants from Whitby working on their "favorite places" collage
Participants from Vaughan putting the final touches on their collage
Participants from Guelph with the former Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Dave Levac
Participants from Toronto (Scarborough) making design decisions about their model
Participants from Brampton with the former Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Brad Duguid