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City of BrantfordBrantford and Youth Council to host free programs

City of Brantford, in partnership with the Brantford Youth Council (BYC), will be hosting a series of free events and programs for youth in celebration of National Youth Week from May 1 to 7, 2024.

“Youth Week is a fantastic opportunity to put input and feedback from young people in our community in to action. It is a great way to enhance a sense of youth belonging in Brantford,” said Taylor Berzins, Community Initiative Coordinator, City of Brantford.

National Youth Week serves as an opportunity to engage local youth in areas of civic engagement and recreation through events designed in collaboration with the Brantford Youth Council.

“The City is incredibly proud of our Youth Friendly Community designation. Each year, Youth Week allows us to celebrate and promote our youth and the variety of free and low-cost recreational activities offered in the community,” added Kim Rolson, Community Recreation Supervisor, Woodman Park Community Centre, City of Brantford.

“Investing in children and youth is a key priority for the City of Brantford. Youth Week is a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate our community’s future leaders,” concluded Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford.

The City of Brantford will be offering the following free activities for local youth as part of Youth Week. Registration is required for some events.

Youth Week Events May 1 to 7, 2024

Free Open Gym at Woodman Park Community Centre (491 Grey Street) on Wednesday, May 1 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ages 11 to 17.

Youth Week Flag Raising in Harmony Square (89 Dalhousie Street) on Wednesday, May 1 at 5 p.m. All ages.

Youth Garden Launch Event on Thursday, May 2 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ages 15 to 30.

Free Drop-in Basketball at Woodman Park Community Centre (491 Grey Street) on Thursday, May 2, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ages 11 to 17.

Woodman After Dark on Friday, May 3 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Ages 11 to 17.

2SLGBTQIA+ Youth Board Game Potluck, Crafts and Tea at Steve’s Tea Company (505 Park Road North) on Friday, May 3 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ages 15 to 30.

Bad at Lacrosse! with Onkwehonwe Games at Steve Brown Sports Complex (20 Edge Street) on Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Ages 15 to 30.

Polymer Clay Workshop at Woodman Park Community Centre (491 Grey Street) on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 11 to 17.

DIY Spring Bird Paint Class at Woodman Park Community Centre (491 Grey Street). on Monday, May 6 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ages 11 to 17.

Jane’s Walk and Mental Health Week Self-Care Event at T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre (16 Morrell Street) on Monday, May 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ages 15 to 30.

To learn more and to register for a program, visit www.Brantford.ca/YouthWeek.

Youth Week 2024 will culminate with the Brantford Youth Excellence Awards on Tuesday, May 7. This event will honour graduates from the City of Brantford’s Youth Leadership Development Program, along with 18 youth who have been nominated by local organizations for their accomplishments in the categories of Well-Being, Growth, Diversity and Inclusion, Community, and Leadership and Impact.  

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