Youth Week

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It’s Youth Week and we want to celebrate YOU! You inspire us with your innovative, unique, caring spirits. You are our future!

Youth week is held every May to celebrate you. You are an integral part of the Burlington community. We are committed to make sure you feel accepted, empowered and valued and give back to our community.

We want to inspire you…Tell us what you think so we can help you be more involved in our community, services, organizations and businesses. What can we do to help you connect to the people, initiatives and places that matter the most to you?

It’s Youth Week and we want to celebrate YOU! You inspire us with your innovative, unique, caring spirits. You are our future!

Youth week is held every May to celebrate you. You are an integral part of the Burlington community. We are committed to make sure you feel accepted, empowered and valued and give back to our community.

We want to inspire you…Tell us what you think so we can help you be more involved in our community, services, organizations and businesses. What can we do to help you connect to the people, initiatives and places that matter the most to you?

  • Youth Week Video - Youth

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    We asked our staff and students a few questions on what community means to them and what their most proud moments have been this year. Here is what they have to say.



  • Youth Week Video - Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

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    City of Burlington's Mayor celebrates all the great youth she has worked with and collaborated with. She recognizes and celebrates them this week during National Youth Week.

  • Youth Share Their Voices

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    “I like being a Youth in Burlington because. . . .”

    • “The City hosts really cool festivals in the summer.”
    • “The City provides Youth with a variety of opportunities to become successful.”
    • “There is always something to do-no matter what time of the year. Swimming, sports, skating, parks, and so much more.”
    • “It is a safe city to live and grow up in with lots of parks, trails, and recreation facilities for youth to use and activities to participate in.”
    • “The City of Burlington values their youth and makes sure that they feel included and have a safe space to share their stories and opinions.”
    • “The city provides many services such as community centres, pools, and libraries where youth can be active and discover new interests.”
    • “There are multiple opportunities to get involved and be creative.”
    • “This is a fast growing city with a wide array of cultures and communities. The welcoming atmosphere in combination with the ease of access to municipal programs.”


    “One thing that I have done that I am most proud of is. . . “

    • “Getting involved in the Burlington Youth Student Council to ensure the student voice is heard”
    • “Helped run a youth led health and Wellness conference at my school”
    • “Being able to teach children and youth how to swim and gain valuable hands-on training and experience as an aquatics volunteer with the City of Burlington Aquatics Leadership program.”
    • “Getting the opportunity to not only learn about but provide input on the City’s mobility plan through the Burlington Youth Student Council”
    • “Doing my best to stay optimistic and happy during this difficult time with the COVID-19 pandemic keeping us apart.”
    • “Volunteering at my school's Christmas toy shop to build wooden toys so poor children would be able to have a gift at Christmas.”
    • “Working hard to become a less anxious person.”
    • “Getting more involved in issues affecting our city.”


    “I know my City cares about youth because. . . .”

    • “There are lots of easy ways that students can get involved in the community.”
    • “Before COVID-19, there were many areas where youth in the community could have fun such as parks, basketball courts and movie theatres.”
    • “It offers programs and activities specifically for youth (drop in and recreation programs) and opportunities available for youth to gain volunteer experience”
    • "I feel comfortable being able to walk, run and bike, or gather with friends at the parks in my area without being made to feel bad or treated as if I don’t belong”
    • “They listen and take into account ideas and opinions from youth about the city and things that we would like to see in Burlington without judgement.”
    • “They created this youth council to listen to the ideas of youth, and get their perspective on issues in Burlington.”
    • “City officials, leaders, and extra curricular leaders work hard to ensure youth are engaged and have multiple opportunities to express themselves.”
    • “The City of Burlington Actively consults with youth on a wide range of issues affecting the City as well as future projects.”
  • Get Involved during Youth Week and Year-Round

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    The City has lots of opportunities for youth in our programs, and lots of amenities for play.

    You can find out more at Burlington.ca/recreation

    For more opportunities for volunteer, click here.

    For more opportunities for employment, click here.