Cambridge has many recreational opportunities for youth in the community. Awarded the Youth Friendly Community Recognition Award through Playworks, Cambridge supports youth (ages 13 to 19) by providing opportunities for growth and development through many activities, such as sports, arts, volunteering and youth leadership.

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Youth Committees

The City of Cambridge encourages youth to get involved in the community by joining one of our youth committees.

 

Youth Advisory Committee of Council

Being a part of the Youth Advisory Committee of Council (YACC) provides youth ages 13-24 years to learn more about their community and how to get involved. The committee provides insight to City staff and Council on Cambridge youth needs and supports youth focused activities and involvement.  The committee is in need of additional youth representation to ensure aspects of youth needs are being met in Cambridge. For further information visit our Statutory Board and Advisory Committees page.

Cambridge Bike Park Committee
The Cambridge Bike Park Committee is focused on developing and implementing community programming at our Bike Parks. The committee will have the responsibility of assisting in developing programs (workshops, lessons, and competitions) at the parks. 

 

Cambridge Skateboard Park Committee

The City of Cambridge will be supporting the development of a Skateboard Park Committee. The committee is being developed based on the needs of programming and park development. Cambridge is fortunate to have such giving community members whom to date have made the events and activities at our parks a success. The new committee will have the responsibility of assisting in developing programs (workshops and competitions) at the skateboard parks. 

   

For more information or to apply to become a committee member, please email the Youth Recreation Coordinator.

Youth Appreciation Awards

The Cambridge Youth Appreciation Awards provide opportunity to recognize and honor the talents and contributions of young people ages 12—24 within our community. The purpose of the Youth Appreciation Awards is to promote a positive image of young people and to generate awareness of the valuable efforts made by youth within our community. 

Nominated youth were recognized at the Community Youth Appreciation Awards on May the 5. The Cambridge Youth Appreciation Awards aims to recognize youth living or attending school in Cambridge between the ages of 12-24 years.

 

Congratulations to our 2022 Youth Week Award Winners:

  • Equity Champion Award - Madiha Syed
  • Multiculturalism Award - Madiha Syed
  • Caring Heart Award- Jazmika Holness
  • Community Innovation Award - Abolaji
  • Artistic Development Award - Piper J. Distel
  • Healthy Living Award - Philip Telfer
  • Community Champions Award - 2 groups
    • Silver Heights Youth Council members, Jason Rudahusa and Jacinta Shrishankar
    • Preston Heights Community Group members, Chloe Ryan and Eva Sukhaseum
  • Community Leadership Award - 2 groups
    • Green way Chaplin Community Youth Council members, Brianna Dusseault, Justin Ramsundar and Nathan Feschuk
    • YTCYC Langs members
Cambridge Bike Park

Learn more about the Cambridge Bike Park.

Cambridge Skateboarding Park

Please be advised that the Cambridge Skateboarding Park is now open!

Learn more about the Cambridge Skateboarding Park.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Artist - Youth Arts Week Exhibition (12 to 18 years old)

 

Working with local artist and visual arts instructor youth volunteers will contribute to the completion of an individual and collaborative art piece to be displayed at Cambridge City Hall during Youth Arts Week, May 1st to 7th.  Participants will engage in the learning and use of print making to create a personalized t-shirt (March 16th) and a collaborative piece (March 18th) with a theme of belonging.  For more information email the Youth Recreation Coordinator

National Youth Week

National Youth Week is a week dedicated to celebrating youth and their active participation in the community. It's a time to recognize and honour youth involvement. 

Child and Youth Mental Health Week

About 500,000 (1 in 5) children and youth in Ontario have a mental health issue. Disorders include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Conduct disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Bi-polar disorder

Left untreated, mental health disorders can lead to trouble in school, family conflicts, drug abuse and even suicide.

Child and Youth Mental Health Week aims to increase awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health issues and decrease stigma. This week is also lets people know that help is available and treatment can work.

To find out ways to get help, please visit 'Here 24/7' or call 'Here 24/7' at 1-844-437-3247

OK2BME Cambridge

There is now an OK2BME Youth Group in Cambridge!  OK2BME's LGBTQ2+ Youth Group is a social and recreational group for LGBTQ2+ youth ages 13-18. This group provides facilitated support, social and leadership opportunities for youth. This youth group is a collaboration between the OK2BME program at KW Counselling Services, Idea Exchange and the City of Cambridge. The group is facilitated by trained, supportive LBGTQ2+ and allied professionals. For more information, visit the OK2BME Cambridge Website.