The Town of Aurora continues to thrive with its latest achievement – designation as a Youth Friendly Community. Aurora is now recognized as a Platinum Youth Friendly Community, joining an elite list of municipalities committed to serving its youth aged 13 to 19.

The Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program of Play Works acknowledges communities that have invested in various opportunities for youth in recreation, sports, arts, drama, dance, volunteerism and leadership development. Youth Friendly Communities must meet several criteria that demonstrate a strong commitment to engaging youth between the ages of 13 to 19.

To achieve platinum status, communities must recognize that adolescent youth have different needs for play than children or adults do and intentionally develop, fund and sustain programs and services to meet youth needs.

Play Works is a group of organizations concerned about the future of youth and focuses on bringing back the power of play to youth in Ontario. The Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program recognizes communities across Ontario that meet the changing needs of adolescent youth.

Aurora previously received the Play Works Silver Youth Friendly designation in 2016. The criteria to achieve a platinum designation stems from connecting and empowering youth to express themselves and have a continuous voice in the community. Thanks to the support of our local, youth-serving organizations, schools, and school boards, the Town was pleased to be recognized as part of the 2019 program.

For more information, please call Julie Stephenson, Youth Programmer at 905-727-3123 ext. 3128 or email.

Youth Engagement Committee