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YOUTH WEEK SPECTACULAR

- Local Youth Encouraged to Get Involved in the Many Festivities Planned During National Youth Week -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – A group of youth are encouraging their peers to join in the spectacle that is National Youth Week in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

A variety of free activities are planned in and around Lindsay during Youth Week (May 1 to 7), including art displays, free movies, comedy/improv, free physical activities and much more.

Kicking off the ‘Youth Week Spectacular’ is an event on May 1 from 3-5 pm at Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute (260 Kent St. W.) that will introduce the Youth- in-Transition worker program for youth 16 to 24 years of age. Guest speakers are from ‘Life Unleashed,’ with music performed by local band Brie and the Boys. Pizza and prizes are also offered at the event.

Youth Week activities are being spearheaded by Stay Bright UNLIT, a group of City of Kawartha Lakes youth who promote tobacco-free living and youth engagement. Stay Bright UNLIT and Youth Week are being supported by local organizations, including the John Howard Society, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, Lindsay Recreation Complex, Fleming College, Fenelon Falls Secondary School, Lindsay Collegiate Vocational Institute, IE Weldon Secondary School, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes.

“Youth Week is all about celebrating youth in our community so they can feel engaged and empowered in the world around them” says Fyffe Murdock, a Public Health Worker with the HKPR District Health Unit. “There are many free and amazing activities going on in Kawartha Lakes during Youth Week, and we encourage local youth to check out what is happening.”

Among the local activities being planned for Youth Week are:

  • Opening Ceremonies: 3-5pm on May 1 at LCVI. Celebrate “Youth Voices” – Youth Speakers and Youth Musicians.
  • An afternoon of activities (noon to 5 pm) is set for Saturday, May 3 at Fleming College in Lindsay. Check out the free movie, improv/comedy, musical performances, ‘drag queen’ bingo and much more. Local organizations that work with youth will also be set up on campus with displays to let youth know what’s available to them.
  • Free yoga is offered to youth ages 12+ on Monday, May 5, from 4 to 5 pm by Certified Instructor, Dani Campbell at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes (107 Lindsay St. S.)
  • A Youth Engagement Symposium is set for Wednesday, May 7, at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes in partnership with Chimo Youth Services and local youth leaders. Grade 9 and 10 students from all four high schools in City of Kawartha Lakes will come together to experience workshops on Youth Rights.

For complete up-to-date listings of events, visit Stay Bright UNLIT on Facebook, the Warehouse Lindsay Facebook page, or on Twitter follow @warehouse001. For additional information on Youth Week activities, call the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569, ext. 2228, or the John Howard Society at (705) 328-0472, ext. 937.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Fyffe Murdock, Public Health Worker, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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