Gateway Algoma is a “one-stop-shop” aimed to bring information, education, and economic opportunities to youth in the Algoma District. Youth work with adult allies to determine what information is required on the portal and are actively participating in building, updating, and creating content for the portal.
The project originated from the Sault Ste. Marie Youth Engagement Forum in 2014 held by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and Jody Rebek. The 42 youth who attended the 2014 forum identified the “development of a “one-stop-shop” website for youth in the community” as an important issue to increase community involvement and the inclusion of youth in Sault Ste. Marie.
The 2015 Youth Engagement Forum further heightened the need for a youth portal through deeper conversation with youth about the “top 3 wishes” for the portal, creation of a youth feedback group, and involving youth through volunteerism to create the content and information to be provided on the portal.
After the 2014 forum, the Algoma Youth Engagement Network (AYEN) in partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and the City of Sault Ste. Marie began the development of the portal. Since then, AYEN has helped to provide youth based content and SSMIC has worked with their Community Geomatics Team, and their YouLaunch team to build the working website.
Gateway Algoma is now housed at SSMIC and employs youth through in school co-op placements and after hours' volunteer work to continue growing the content and ensuring all information is relevant and up to date.
A variety of partners made this project possible and Gateway Algoma is very grateful for their ongoing support. The four Partners who made this project possible are:
The Algoma Youth Engagement Network (AYEN) seeks to foster a collaborative approach to working with young people in Algoma.
AYEN welcomes diverse community partners that are interested in creating youth engagement opportunities. Such opportunities support young people while strengthening organizations and building healthier communities. Meetings are held monthly at Algoma Public Health.
AYEN is run through Algoma Public Health as a part of the Youth Engagement and Development (YED) Model.
The CGC delivers a community-based Geographic Information System (GIS) solution to more than a dozen organizations at affordable costs. Enormous amounts of data are being shared by all organizations to solve enterprise and inter-enterprise issues. GIS experts use this data to benefit the entire community with positive changes.
The CGC is a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC).
The City of Sault Ste. Marie Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) provides a voice for the youth of Sault Ste. Marie, while advising City Council of important issues that concern the City's younger population. The MYAC is composed of up to 12 youth from Sault Ste. Marie. The council meets monthly at the Civic Centre.
MYAC is run through the City of Sault Ste. Marie as part of offered municipal services.
NORDIK Institute partners with communities to solve practical issues that are important to municipalities, First Nations and community organizations in Northern Ontario. NORDIK Institute offers business, organizational and community development supports.
YouLaunch is a youth entrepreneur program that enables aspiring young entrepreneurs to start or grow successful businesses by providing connections to business development resources, mentors, networking events, funding opportunities and other support services in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District.
YouLaunch is part of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC).