For youth, by youth: Toronto Youth Week
By the Toronto Youth Cabinet
At the Toronto Youth Cabinet, we hear the words “I didn’t know that you could just walk into city hall” frequently. That’s a bold statement. But it suggests that very often youth are excluded from our municipal institutions, city hall and the conversation at large.
At the Toronto Youth Cabinet, we work with young people to build an equitable, accessible, and youth-friendly city. We strive to improve the quality of youth in our city, because we know that the decisions made in Council Chambers today will impact our generation the most in the future. And our members know that too, and that’s how we’ve been able to work with the city to engage youth with participatory budgeting initiatives, advocate for a long term vision on the budget, make the TTC more youth-friendly, and make financial literacy a priority in schools.
Capping off an exciting year with several initiatives and accomplishments, we’re proud to announce the beginning of Youth Week! While Toronto (and other cities around the world) have hosted a youth week before, this is the first youth week led by youth, for youth, and we can’t wait, can’t wait to shine a light on youth excellence!
So where can you find more information about Youth Week? At the city’s official youth portal: www.toronto.ca/youth. We’re proud to host and support some really exciting events including:
- Breakfast with someone who has arguably the coolest job in the city, the City Manager!
- Our monthly Cabinet Meeting (open to all) with Councillor extraordinaire: Shelley Carroll
- A Summit with presentations by youth for youth on civic tech!
- Urban Dance more your thing? Don’t miss STOMP
- If I Ruled TO: A chance for youth to talk about how they would govern the city!
Say you’ll be there by tweeting at us with #YouthWeekTO! We can’t wait to see you and all you do! We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate and showcase the talents of Toronto’s youth in the areas of civic engagement, recreation and sports in diverse communities across Toronto. A wide range of events and activities are planned, including job fairs, sport tournaments and art events.
If you have questions or media inquiries, feel free to direct them to Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org, our outgoing Executive Director, will be happy to chat!