Jul 09, 2009
Yesterday, Mississauga City Council officially endorsed the new Youth Plan that aims to make
Mississauga a youth-friendly city.
"The Youth Plan is
a commitment to action," said Sheila Wilson, manager Community Programs. "It is a
plan developed by Mississauga youth for Mississauga youth. The goal was to create a youth
action team to develop diverse, strong leaders in Mississauga who could remain involved to
assist with the implementation of the plan - and weve definitely achieved our
The plan targets youth aged 12 to 24 years and breaks the age range into three categories: 12
to 15 years; 16 to 18 years and 19 to 24 years. It consists of a vision statement, six guiding
values, five over-arching principles under which the plans 46 recommendations are
categorized and an implementation plan with time lines and projected financial impacts.
"The Youth Plan links into the City's strategic
plan under the pillar of 'Ensuring Youth, Older Adults and New Immigrants Thrive',"
said John Lohuis, director of Recreation and Parks. "It also builds upon and links into
the work being done through our Future Directions and Arts and Culture master plans and the
Region of Peels youth initiatives."
Implementation of the Youth Plan will happen over the next five years. Wilson explained Council
has approved the recommendations in principle and those requiring significant financial or
policy implications will be prioritized through the Citys corporate business planning
"The Youth Plan's primary scope focussed on Library, Recreation and Parks and Arts and
Culture programs," said Don Mills, director of Library Services. "To succeed in
making Mississauga a youth-friendly city, we need to look more broadly than just our own
programs and services. We need to actively work with all segments of our community that deliver
youth services and programming."
For more information on Mississauga's Youth Plan, visit www.mississauga.ca/youth.
Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With
well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be
an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens.
Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength
and for being Canada's safest city.
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