Focus group addressed community involvement for young adults

Attendees shared their opinions on why community involvement and voter turnout tended to be lower amongst their demographic.

A focus group aimed at 18-35 year-olds met for the first time on Feb. 13 and Town of Golden Communications Intern Faith Dusevic, who facilitated the discussion alongside Mayor Christina Benty, is pleased with how the first session went.

“”It was a really awesome discussion,” Dusevic said. “It was a really positive dialogue.”

The first meeting, which was open to anyone who pre-registered for the group, was attended by six individuals.

That number is exactly what Town officials hoped to see for the first discussion, and the meeting was by RSVP only in order to keep the number of attendees in that range.

Attendees shared their opinions on why community involvement and voter turnout tended to be lower amongst their demographic.

“We learned a lot from them and I think that they are really interested in continuing these meetings and figuring out how we can get 18-35 year-olds to come out and vote and be more involved and help make decisions in Golden,” said Dusevic.

Voter turnout was a big reason for the creation of the focus group in the first place, and with this being an election year, Mayor Benty hopes to see the 18-35 demographic more engaged in community issues.

“As local government, it is a top priority to engage all citizens in community,” she said. “There is still a gap with the younger generation. Engaging the 18-35 year-old age group is a national challenge we want to help address.”

A date has yet to be set for a follow-up session, but interested individuals can contact Dusevic at faith.dusevic@golden.ca.