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Mississauga Calls on Youth And Organizations To Support Designation As A Youth Friendly Community

Nov 08, 2011

Calling all youth and youth-serving organizations! The City of Mississauga is asking for your input in completing its application to be recognized as a “Youth Friendly Community” by Play Works – a group of organizations across Ontario that have joined forces to encourage communities to open doors and reinvest in youth play.

To complete the Play Works “Youth Friendly Community” recognition program application, the City must demonstrate that it meets 10 of 16 key criteria which include, but are not limited to: providing options and facilities for play, formally connecting youth to the community, access to youth information about play activities, support of public youth events, funding for youth play, support of youth volunteerism, youth activism and advocacy for play.

“The success of the City’s Youth Plan shows us that Mississauga has become a place where youth feel welcome and engaged,” said Mississauga’s Youth Plan Co-ordinator Joanne Foote. “Young people in our city are participating in programs and helping to lead a number of creative and active initiatives. But we know that there are even more fantastic programs and organizations out there that are building on the City’s vision for youth to belong and thrive as equal members of our community, and we want to hear from them.”

Youth – Send us an email and tell us why you think Mississauga is a “youth friendly” community at

Youth-serving agencies – Tell us about the great programs and services you provide that involve and engage youth in our community. Send us your information at

“The Mississauga Youth Movement achievements show that youth lead initiatives already meet a number of the program’s recognition criteria, but that is only a small part of the youth movement,” added Foote. “We need youth and community organizations to get involved in this process by sharing their experiences about their youth programs and initiatives with us.”

Please see backgrounder for more information about some of the Mississauga Youth Movement achievements in 2011.

For more information about the City of Mississauga’s Youth Plan and Mississauga Youth Movement, go to the City’s website at or see us on Facebook!/pages/Mississauga-Youth-Plan/7546471778. For more detail about the City of Mississauga’s application to Play Works “Youth Friendly Community” recognition program, contact Joanne Foote, the City’s Youth Plan Co-ordinator at 905-615-3200, ext. 5319 or at

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.

Related Links:
   2011 Mississauga Youth Movement Highlights Backgrounder

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