The Provincial Consortium on Youth in Recreation has the goal to see more quality sport, recreation, youth 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.
Two 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 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 which can also be found by clicking on the Resources tab on the Home Page. If you wish to become a part of the email list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Parks and Recreation Ontario and Play Works, founder of the Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program, an annual training event for manager and programmers of youth development and engagement programs is hosted. Held annually in November at the Kempenfelt Conference Centre, 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 Home Page.
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 Home Page.
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