Nov 09, 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
The success of the Citys Youth Plan shows us that Mississauga has become a place
where youth feel welcome and engaged, said Mississaugas 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 Citys 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
The Mississauga Youth Movement achievements show that youth lead initiatives already meet
a number of the programs 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
Please see backgrounder for more information about some of the Mississauga Youth Movement
achievements in 2011.
For more information about the City of Mississaugas Youth Plan and Mississauga Youth
Movement, go to the Citys website at www.mississauga.ca/youth or see us on Facebook. For more detail about the City of Mississaugas application to Play
Works Youth Friendly Community recognition program, contact Joanne Foote, the
Citys 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.
Senior Communications Advisor, Community Services
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5051