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A Kingston Youth Strategy

Kingston Youth

In September 2013, Kingston City Council unanimously endorsed the Kingston Youth Strategy. The strategy approval was the culmination of a year long process that engaged 700 youth and adult allies from across the city. In February 2014, the Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded a 3 year grant to support the implementation of the strategy recommendations. As a result, four action tables were created to support the implementation of 17 recommendations in the strategy: Environment & Spaces, Health & Wellness, Programs & Opportunities and Youth Voice.

The Y2K project involves municipal government, community organizations, businesses and individual residents who listen to young people, and hear their ideas and recommendations on how to create a youth friendly city. Want to catch up on all the latest news check out the Y2K website.

Latest News

The Y2K Youth Forum was held Wednesday October 22-24, 2014 at the new Boys and Girls Club at the Frontenac Mall (1300 Bath Road).

Transportation Update:

October 22, 2014: 3:45 p.m. Pick-Up at the Wally Elmer and 8:30 Pick-Up at the Boys and Girls Club

October 23-24, 2014: 10:00 a.m. Pick-Up at the Wally Elmer and 4:00 p.m. Pick-Up at the Boys and Girls Club


November 2011

  • Initial Organizational Meeting at Grand Theatre

January 2012

  • Initial Youth Meeting at Grand Theatre

February 2012

  • 1st Youth/Adult Meeting: The Birth of the Youth Adult Partnership Team (YAPT) at Library, an overarching collaborative of 40 plus organizations and youth committed to assisting the drafting of the strategy.

March 2012

  • The Birth of CAST, the Collaborative Action Steering Team, youth and adults who would meet regularly to do the work and report to YAPT. Regular Meetings at various locations.

April 2012

  • City of Kingston Youth Strategy Phase 1 Research report completed
  • Adult Allies Training hosted at Boys and Girls Club
  • Working Groups Formed: Communication, Listening To Youth
  • Initial 5 Research Questions for Phase 2, Themes Developed

May 2012

  • Youth Week Activities

June 2012

  • Draft Surveys Developed by CAST
  • March In Support of Victims of Bullying

July 2012

  • YAPT Meeting at City Hall – Feedback on Survey’s
  • Summer student hired to support project and work at City Hall
  • Surveys tested throughout city by CAST

August 2012

  • Mini-YAPT Meeting to review analysis of draft tools
  • Community BBQ at Wally Elmer Youth Centre
  • B:Inspired Lunch with youth speaker Wes Prankard at Library
  • With Modern Fuel produces Y2K 2012 PSA
  • Surveys finalized and begin final collection

September 2012

  • City of Kingston supports employment for two youth positions
  • Kingston Youth Forum Planning Working Group formed
  • Continued CAST participation at local events

October 2012

  • Kingston Youth Forum at the Wally Elmer Youth Centre includes full day YAPT meeting
  • Young Adults Participate in National Youth Gathering in Ottawa
  • Ongoing consultation with youth by CAST in schools, local events

November 2012

  • Focus Groups hosted by Y2K youth staff
  • Youth and young adult members attend provincial youth conference, Shaking the Movers, on mental health and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Y2K 2012 welcomes youth from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation officially on behalf of Kingston young people
  • Y2K 2012 and Grand Theatre host a play, Out in the Open, to talk about bullying/homophobia in Kingston

December 2012

  • Y2K 2012 Strategy Writing Session, draft ready for circulation for comments and feedback

January 2013

  • Key Decision Makers Day-Long Review and Refinement of Recommendations

March – July 2013

  • Final On-line Strategy Review and Revisions

August 2013

  • CAST Camp for the last 2 weeks of August to plan the Strategy launch and presentation to city council
  • YAPT Meeting to present final Strategy, discuss the infrastructure of Y2K for the implementation phase

September 2013

  • Community Unveiling of the Strategy and presentation to council
  • City unanimously endorses the Kingston Youth Strategy and Community Action Plan

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(Fun Fact 'ygk' is the Kingston Airport Code)


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