National Youth Week May 1 to 7, 2020

This year our theme at the YMCA is #separatedonlybydistance, and we have lots coming the pipe over this next week! Watch our social channels for virtual youth activities, learning opportunities and connections all week long!

Calendar of Events:

Saturday, May 2
Instagram Challenge #separatedonlybydistance – Enter to win a $25 gift card! Watch our Instagram for details.

Sunday, May 3 – 2:30 p.m.
Employment workshop “Making Sense of Canadian Emergency Response/Employment Insurance benefits for youth”.
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Tuesday, May 5 – 2:30 p.m.
Employment workshop “I am a student looking for a summer job. What employment programs are available to me?”
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Wednesday, May 6 – 2:30 p.m.
Employment workshop “Effective virtual job searching for youth.”
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Thursday, May 7 – 7 p.m.
Virtual Campfire – Join us on Zoom for a Virtual Campfire! Have a campfire to share or a skit or silly story?  While everyone is welcome to join the campfire, if you’d like to share or host a segment during the live event, email before Wednesday, May 6.

Youth Travel & Exchange Program

In 2016, we participated in our first youth travel exchange with the YMCA of Northern BC and travelled to Prince George, British Columbia.

In 2017, a new group of youth visited the YMCA of Greater Halifax, where they built teamwork and collaboration skills, formed new friendships, explored the culture of Nova Scotia.

In 2018, we traveled to Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Our group of youth experienced adventures across the province, visiting Peggy’s Cove, learning about local agriculture and staying in a cabin.

Young Leaders Initiative

The Young Leaders Initiative (YLI) is a group of staff, volunteers and High School Ambassadors under the age of 30. The YLI is focused on developing and enhancing the youth engagement strategy across not only the Youth Engagement department, but for the YMCA and Halton Region.

For more information on current projects of our Young Leaders Initiative, or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Katherine Dziedzic.