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- Stay Bright UNLIT Group Encourages Community to Get Involved in Planning for Youth Week Activities -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – With National Youth Week fast approaching, local groups and organizations are being asked to plan activities that encourage and engage young people.

National Youth Week (May 1 to 7) is designed to celebrate young people and their involvement in the community. One youth-led event called Bookface is already in the works for May 1 to kick off National Youth Week festivities in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The Bookface event, organized by the stay bright UNLIT youth group, is set for May 1, from 4-9 pm at the Victoria Park Armoury in Lindsay. The event includes an art show, local talent spotlight (both music and the spoken word), a free movie illustrating the influence tobacco imagery has on youth, ‘try it’ physical activity classes, an LGBTQ event, healthy eating workshop, and interactive displays from local agencies that serve youth.

It is hoped Bookface will be one of many youth-oriented activities being offered in the area during Youth Week.

“Our goal during National Youth Week is to provide youth with fun activities that help them feel valued, connected and celebrated in their own community,” says Fyffe Hunting, a Public Health Worker with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

Hunting works with stay bright UNLIT, which is made up of approximately a dozen young people from across Kawartha Lakes. Stay bright UNLIT encourages young people in the area to stay tobacco-free and to be engaged in their community.

Stay bright UNLIT members will also promote other National Youth Week activities in local schools and through their social media sites. To that end, local organizations are encouraged to plan a free event or activity geared to youth, either during National Youth Week or anytime during the month of May. “These opportunities or events can be anything from a free cooking class to a free dance class,” Hunting says.

To learn more about National Youth Week activities in this area, or to share new activities being planned, call the Health Unit by phone at (705) 324-3569, ext. 2228, or email.

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For media inquiries, contact:

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

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