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Kingston recognized as a youth-friendly community
April 11, 2016 -
Kingston was recognized as a Youth-Friendly Community at the Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) conference in Collingwood, Ontario on Thursday, April 7.
"Young people contribute greatly to the vibrancy of life in Kingston. This designation recognizes that our community offers our young people great facilities, services and opportunities and honours their contribution to our community," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.
Play Works, the Ontario Partnership for Active and Engaged Youth, gives the Youth-Friendly Community designation to communities that actively support and provide opportunities for growth and development of youth ages 13 to 19 through play.
The City of Kingston and the Y2K Kingston youth strategy partners submission met the criteria for designation. Submissions required documentation that proved the existence of initiatives and their impact including attendance figures. Representatives from the YMCA of Kingston, Kingston Community Health Centres and The Student Commission of Canada were also at the recognition reception.
According to Play Works, a Youth-Friendly Community is one:
- where youth have the space, support and freedom to play.
- that tends to have less crime and more post-secondary graduates.
- where fewer people use social services and more people use bike paths.
- where opportunities for recreation, arts, culture and civic responsibility bloom is one that is healthy, competitive and artistic.
Here are some of the youth-friendly options the City of Kingston offers:
- Activpass – free access to a number of recreational programs and facilities for Grade 9 students
- Recreational programs for youth, including Friday Youth Nights and Youth Open Gym Drop-in (see www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/recreation/age-groups/youth ).
- Youth Volunteerism Civic Award (nominations are now being accepted at www.CityofKingston.ca/CivicAwards)
For more on Play Works: http://playworkspartnership.ca/play-works
Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner
About the City of Kingston
The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.
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