Youth Friendly Communities
Now More About Youth Friendly Communities and How to Become One…..
Is your community one which makes an investment in youth play? Do you want to make sure that youth have access to as many opportunities as possible? If so, then you will want to submit to the 2017 Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program. The Program works to acknowledge the great work that some communities are doing in ensuring their youth (ages 13 - 19) have continuous access to a diversity of 'play' (play being anything a young person does in his/her free time which could include: sport, recreation, drama, dance, music, the arts, volunteerism, leadership development, service leadership and/or civic engagement).
This is a community application so work to get youth, service partners and the general public involved with the application process! These groups can help provide examples from places such as libraries, local businesses like bowling alleys or movie theatres, and even community groups like the Scouts and Cadets.
Youth also have the opportunity to participate in the application. Youth can share their opinions and feedback on programs, activities and services they enjoy and can also explain how Youth Friendly they feel their community is.
The deadline to submit applications is January 4, 2017. Download the 2017 Youth Friendly Community brochure and application form.
Before you officially start the application process, please set up an Orientation Call with Play Works by calling 416-426-7065 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This call will provide important information to help you begin your work.
Play Works provides additional information about where Youth Friendly Communities are in the province, a list of Mentors you can call to help you answer questions about the application process, and examples of youth friendly criteria - you can find this information here to start working on your 2017 community application
A Youth Friendly Communities Update - 2016
Play Works is pleased to welcome the following recipients of the 2016 Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program. The number of Youth Friendly Communities now totals 45 from across Ontario. These communities represent more than 41% of Ontario's population, so Ontario is well on its way to becoming a Youth Friendly Province!
- City of Burlington
- City of Cambridge
- Community of East Scarborough (Toronto)
- Municipality of Kincardine
- City of Kingston
- City of Greater Sudbury
- City of Hamilton
- Town of Newmarket
- Norfolk County
- Municipality of West Nipissing Ouest
- Town of Whitby
- Township of Wilmot
- Town of Aurora
Representatives from these communities attended a ceremony on April 7, 2016 at which Play Works Chair, Hallie Atter, and Sophie Kiwala, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, recognized the outstanding efforts of these communities to be Youth Friendly.
Proudly Presenting Ontario’s Youth Friendly Communities
|Hamilton||Hanover||East Scarborough (Toronto)|
|Sault Ste. Marie||Whitchurch/Stouffville||Brooke-Alvinston|
|Greater Sudbury||Rideau Lakes|
|Thunder Bay||CANADIAN FORCES BASES||Wilmot|
|Indian Reserve No. 26|