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Help Caledon become more Youth-friendly

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Written by Patti Foley

The Town of Caledon is committed to focusing on programs and opportunities to engage and empower youth. The Parks & Recreation Department is seeking input from young residents, not-for-profit agencies, faith-based organizations, businesses, clubs, and groups about current opportunities for Caledon’s young residents.

“We have so much talent here in Caledon with our Gen X and Millennial citizens,” said Mayor Allan Thompson. “I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of these conversations so that we can build a Youth Friendly Caledon together.”

The Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting two conversation sessions to identify current opportunities for youth, explore how we can improve, and determine community interest in becoming a Youth Friendly Community.

To be recognized as a Youth Friendly Community, a community is evaluated against 16 criteria outlined by the Play Works Partnership. This evaluation assesses a community and its recreation, sport, culture, arts, engagement, youth volunteerism, and youth leadership opportunities, among many others.

Join the conversation:

· Tuesday, April 5 2016, Caledon Centre for Recreation & Wellness, Training Room, 7:00 p.m.
· Thursday, April 7 2016, Mayfield Recreation Complex, Meeting Room, 7:00 p.m.
· Sunday, April 17 2016, Caledon Community Complex, Lions’ Den, 7:00 p.m.

The goal of the conversation sessions is to determine community interest in pursuing Youth Friendly Community designation and to establish a collaborative group of advocates to steer the application.

For more information visit http://playworkspartnership.ca/youth-friendly-communities

To provide feedback on this initiative please contact recreation@caledon.ca, or 905-584-2272 ext. 4235.

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About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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