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About the PCYR ….

The Provincial Consortium on Youth in Recreation has the goal to see more quality sport, recreation, engagement and physical activity programs for youth (ages 13 to 19) in Ontario. The Consortium works to achieve this goal by increasing the ability of staff and volunteers who manage or work in youth programs to have a greater impact in achieving a positive youth development approach in recreation and physical activity.

The primary objectives of the Consortium are to improve the quality of activities provided for youth through a variety of evaluation tools and training for participants and leaders, and to strengthen communication mechanisms across the province to encourage a healthy approach to youth in communities.

The Consortium has created a list of articles and resources relevant to working with youth.  Articles and resources are distributed every two weeks or so via an email list called SPRYNT. This site serves as a portal to an archive of resources, located on the Resources tab on the PCYR website, which is If you wish to become a part of the email list, email

With Parks and Recreation Ontario and Play Works, founder of the Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program, an annual training event is hosted for managers and programmers of youth development and engagement programs. Held in November at the Kempenfelt Conference Centre, Barrie, ON, the MBA Symposium offers opportunities for youth workers to learn about trends, programs and resources, which help support and inform youth development work. More information on the Symposium can be found by clicking on the MBA tab on the PCYR website.

National Youth Week is held annually from May 1 – 7. For more information on examples of what communities have done to support this week, please click on the National Youth Week tab on the PCYR website.

For more information, please contact:

Parks and Recreation Ontario / Play Works
302 – 1 Concorde Gate
Toronto, ON M3C 3N6
Phone: (416) 426-7065 – Fax: (416) 426-7371
Email: – Websites: / /