New OttYouth portal hopes to make city website more accessible to young people

Ana Gajic, from the Carleton School of Journalism for CFRA News

Youth in Ottawa now have a one-stop shop for city resources.

Unveiled today, the OttYouth portal is a new way for young people to access the city's website. It groups volunteer opportunities, job applications, and program information for youth on one page.

The hope is this will attract more young people to connect with the City of Ottawa online, said Councillor Mathieu Fleury.

"The youth portal is really the area where there was a clear disconnect between the youth and the city, where we had all the information on our website but all the information relating to youth wasn't in one area," he said. "The portal really offers that."

The creation of the portal is one of the results of the City's Youth Action Plan, which outlined ways to get young people involved in the community. Organizations like Youth Ottawa and Youth Services Bureau have teamed up on the city's Youth Engagement Committee to keep brainstorming new ideas.

"This is the start of the conversation with youth," Fleury said. "We're saying 'here, we understand you might have been lost on the overall website, now we're focusing all the services relating to youth into one area, what more can we do?"

The city also plans to launch a mentorship program between specialized City of Ottawa workers and young people in the next few months.

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