National Youth Week is dedicated to the celebration of youth and their active participation in their community. Whether it is recreation, drama, sport, dance, civic engagement, art, volunteerism or leadership, every day young people are involved in meaningful activities during their discretionary time. National Youth Week is a time to honour their involvement! Anything you do, or that you know of happening in your community during the week of May 1 through to the 7th and that celebrates, encourages, or showcases the involvement of youth in play in your community, can be part of National Youth Week.
Through activities, such as recreation and art, youth learn five basic life skills, which include social, moral, ethical, physical and cognition competence. Additionally, through their involvement, young people are meeting the seven developmental needs which they need in order to feel fully engaged in the world around them. These needs are: self-definition, physical activity, meaningful participation, mastery and achievement, positive interaction with adults and peers, structure and clear limits, and creative expression. Programs and services that are designed to meet meets the needs of youth and help them develop their basic skills are called Intentional Youth Development programs.
WHAT’S PLANNED FOR NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK?
National Youth Week will be driven by what happens in local communities across Canada. Anything you do or that you know of, happening in your community during the week of May 1 through to the 7th and that celebrates, encourages, or showcases the involvement of youth in play in your community, can be part of National Youth Week.
May 1 to May 7, 2016
Location event :
Rideau Lakes, ON