3 youth showing off the back of their youth engagement t shirtsThe Youth Engagement Committee (Y.E.C.) is a group of youth aged 12 to 17 years who serve to guide and advise Youth Staff on appropriate programs, special events, and services for youth in the Town of Aurora.

The committee works with the Town to address any related current trends and issues and engage all youth in this process through a variety of ways and means.

Some of the committee's roles and responsibilities are:
  • Engage youth within the community
  • Encourage active participation at the Youth Centre
  • Serve as a liaison between youth in the community and Town staff
  • Explore potential sponsorship opportunities
  • Assist in developing programs, services, and special events for youth

The Y.E.C. meets bi-weekly to weigh-in on community issues, promote community services, and host community events/fundraisers. During the 2019-2020 term, the group took on 11 returning and new members of young community activists that were keen to be a voice for Youth interests. Some of the ways the Y.E.C. has contributed to the community are:

  • Naming and assisting in the design of the Youth Centre
  • Assisting in the 2019 Youth Friendly Communities application, which earned a Platinum designation.
  • Promoting youth events and opportunities in the community
  • Developing and running youth events such as 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Book Sale, The Quizlympics Trivia Contest, Youth Week and an Open Mic Night.

Open Meetings
Each meeting on the 4th week of the month is open to all youth ages 12 to 17. Teens are encouraged to attend open meetings to hear about what’s happening, voice their opinion and get engaged.

The application period for the 2020-2021 term is now closed. Please check back in the spring for the Y.E.C 2021-2022 Application Form.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved with the Youth Engagement Committee, please contact us. To become a member, you must:

  • Be an Aurora resident between the ages of 12 to 17 years or attend school in Aurora.
  • Complete and submit a Y.E.C. member application form.
  • Complete and submit a letter of interest.
  • Complete a successful interview for the position.

For more information or to bring something forward to the Y.E.C., please call 905-727-3123 ext. 3128 or email the Youth Division