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Celebrating Local Youth for National Youth Week

May 1, 2013 – Today marks the start of Youth Week/Youth Arts Week in Thunder Bay.  These annual nation-wide events recognize the positive contributions that youth make in their communities, and celebrate the valuable work that youth and youth organizations do all year round. 

“Youth Week is an opportunity to celebrate everything being done for and by youth in our community,” said Kim Baskin, Program Supervisor for Children and Youth. “It’s a great way for community groups to showcase the contributions and talents of local youth as well as the numerous programs and activities for youth in Thunder Bay.”

Celebrations kicked off on with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall and the launch of the Youth Respect campaign.  Youth from neighbourhood schools were given plain white t-shirts and asked to highlight one of their positive qualities by completing the statement, “I am _____.” 

The first day of Youth Week is also being celebrated with a BBQ at Minnesota Park hosted by Evergreen a United Neighbourhood.  The event includes a Youth Art Make, organized by the Community Arts and Heritage Education Project (CAHEP).  “Youth Week is a chance for us to nurture possibilities for what the kids can do and become,” said Linda Bruins, Coordinator of Evergreen A United Neighbourhood.

Throughout the week there will be events organized by various community groups including the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing, Thunder Bay Skateboarding Coalition, Community Arts and Heritage Education Project, Lakehead District School Board, Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s Die Active Youth Art Collective.

The City’s Recreation & Culture Division is hosting a contest for youth ages 13-18 through the City of Thunder Bay Youth Facebook page. Youth can ‘Like’ and share the page for entries into the contest to win prizes like an 8-month membership to the Canada Games Complex, a Junior Golf membership, movie passes, transit passes and more.

Youth Week and Youth Arts Week conclude on Tuesday, May 7, with a Youth Awards Ceremony and motivational speaker at the West Thunder Community Centre to recognize and celebrate outstanding local youth. 

For more information about Youth Week and Youth Arts Week please visit

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Contact: Kim Baskin, Program Supervisor – Children & Youth, Recreation & Culture Division, or (807) 625-2418