NextGen is back!
We are delighted to announce that in December 2020 Edmonton's NextGen Committee, a non-profit society in Alberta, was created. With a small board of previous committee members and a team of volunteers, and the overwhelming support of the City of Edmonton, we are charging onward as a community-based initiative. We will continue to provide opportunities for the NextGen demographic to get engaged in their city, connect with one another, and have their ideas heard and supported.
2020 set us all up to face unprecedented challenges and we know we've been pretty quiet throughout as many of our partners pivoted to the most urgent community priorities. We hope you are all doing well and share our optimism about new beginnings and slowly finding familiar joys in 2021.
For those of you who may not be familiar with how we got here, NextGen started in 2005 as a task force created by Edmonton's City Council. The task force conducted public consultations with community members to discover what young Edmontonians wanted to see for arts and culture, business opportunities, sports and recreation, education, and employment. In the Spring of 2006, Council enacted the task force's recommendations and Edmonton's NextGen committee was born.
Since then, Edmonton's NextGen has operated as an administrative committee of the City of Edmonton with the continuous support and leadership from Christine Causing as the NextGen Coordinator. Over the years, volunteers organized 35 PechaKucha Nights, funded a number of blooming initiatives through MEAET, innovated volunteer recognition with City Jam, promoted voter engagement, and provided professional development,networking and leadership opportunities for Edmontonians aged 18-40.
As 2020 came to a close, our committee Co-Chairs sat down with City administration (over Google, of course), to discuss how NextGen fits in the City's plans moving forward. After evaluating where we hoped we could go, considering the budget constraints and priorities of the City, we both agreed that moving NextGen to the community would be the best way for NextGen to thrive.
We want to thank the City of Edmonton for creating Edmonton’s NextGen and its support over the last 15 years. Thank you to all the partners, volunteers and councillors who have been a part of getting NextGen to where it is today. A special thanks to Councillor Knack for his support this year and through the transition. We hope you will join us in this next chapter as we continue to offer 'classics' like PKN and explore new possibilities. We're officially back and we can't wait to see you again!
NextGen is back!