National Youth Week
May 1 to 7, 2019

The Town of Aurora is proud to celebrate National Youth Week from May 1 to May 7 annually. Youth are a vital part of each community and contribute meaningful experiences through their participation in a wide variety of programs. Whether it is recreation, arts, civic engagement, drama, dance, sport, volunteerism, or leadership, their contributions help shape our communities.

Throughout May 1 to May 7, we're celebrating teens aged 12 to 17 by offering a schedule full of free programs, events, and opportunities. Check out the schedule below to see how you can get involved. All events are located at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex unless otherwise noted.

YNBA Basketball Tournament - Registration Form

YNBA Basketball Tournament - Event Poster

Trivia Night - Event Poster

Books & Boards - Event Poster

Wednesday, May 1
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
YNBA 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Teams of 3-5

Space limited. Sign up by emailing by April 24.
Thursday, May 2
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Trivia Night, hosted by CMHA and the Y.E.C.Teams of 2 or more.

All teams must have 1 mobile device or tablet with WiFi abilities.

Friday, May 3
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Youth Open Gym & Youth Basketball

Get moving on your PA Day with free admission to the gymnasium during our most popular teen drop-ins.

Saturday, May 4
12 p.m. To 3 p.m.
Books & Boards

Browse a sweet selection of used books and then check out some amazing demos and prizes in the skate park.

*Books for sale for nominal fees. All proceeds go toward youth initiatives.
Sunday, May 5
1 p.m. To 3 p.m.
Be Inspired! Mindful Journaling

Get relaxed and organized by trying out the Town's newest program for teens. Participants will take part in yoga and learn tips and tricks for planning.

*Pre-registration is required.

Monday, May 6
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Youth Open Gym

Join us after school for some basketball, volleyball, and more with free access to Open Gym.


Note: We reserve the right to cancel, amend or change activities. For more information, email

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Youth Volunteer Fair
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Do you need volunteer hours for high school? Are you interested in getting involved in your community?

Image of volunteer fair students and organizationsThe Town of Aurora hosts a Fall Volunteer Fair each year to provide an opportunity for youth to speak with community organizations about current or potential volunteer opportunities. We hope to inform youth ages 12 to 17 not only about opportunities to complete their high school community service hours requirement, but also about how they can get involved in their communities at large.

Our next fair is taking place on Thursday September 19, 2019. Representatives from community organizations in Aurora and York Region will be onsite from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on that date at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex. Youth will have a chance to learn about opportunities directly from community organizations or sign up for opportunities on the spot. For more information or to sign-up as a community organization, please contact

Youth Volunteer Fair - Flyer

Aurora's Youth Innovation Fair
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Image of Youth Innovation Fair overhead viewThe Town of Aurora is excited to announce the return of Aurora’s Youth Innovation Fair. Established in 2017 as part of the Town’s Canada 150 celebrations, Aurora’s Youth Innovation Fair is an exciting opportunity for youth to engage in innovation and share their ideas to tackle real-world issues. Proudly sponsored by the Aurora Mayor’s Charity Golf Classic, Desjardins Insurance and the Rotary Club of Aurora, the fair will feature a wide variety of innovative ideas and inventions created by youth.

This year's fair, taking place on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., offers the community a chance to experience ideas from youth all over Aurora and the surrounding area. Industry judges will review each project and speak with participants to select category winners for each age group.

Entering as an individual or as a group, youth will be assigned to one of the following age categories:

    • Junior (Grades 4 to 6)
    • Intermediate (Grades 7 to 9)
    • Senior (Grades 10 to 12)

Themes or topics of entries can include but are not limited to: technology, science, performance, conservation, or building projects. Judges will be examining the following criteria:

    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Community Leadership
    • Eco-Friendly
    • Functionality

Youth can take part as individuals or as part of a group. Please note: each youth can only submit one entry into the fair each year (e.g., as an individual OR as part of a group). Applications are due by November 1, 2018 and can be submitted to or dropped off at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex (135 Industrial Parkway North).

For Frequently Asked Questions, please see below. For more information, please contact the Youth Division at or call 905-727-3123 ext. 3128 or 905-726-4760.

Youth Innovation Fair - Flyer

Youth Innovation Fair - Application Form & FAQ

Special thanks to our generous sponsors:

Image of logo for Aurora's Mayor golf tournament        Image of company logo for Desjardins        Image of company logo for Rotary Club

Aurora’s Teen Idol - Summer

Are you between the ages of 12 and 17 and a resident of Aurora? Then you could be Aurora’s next Teen Idol. The deadline to register is Friday, June 8. The form is available at This annual competition is a great opportunity for budding artists.

Image of Mayor and Teen Idol winner for 2017For the audition round, each participant will prepare one song which they will perform in front of three judges. They can choose any song of their choice. The auditions will be taking place in June of each year. When you register to participate, more details, including the audition location will be sent to you.

The judges will be choosing eight semi-finalists which will perform one more time on Canada Day in Lambert Willson Park. Not only will these eight semi-finalists get to perform on the Canada Day stage, but each semi-finalist will also be invited to perform the national anthem at the beginning of one of the Concerts in the Park during the summer.

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