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. Applications are open each year from May 1 to July 31.

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.

Y.E.C. Committee Information
Committee Members - Roles & Responsibilities

Some of the committee members' roles and responsibilities include:

  • 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 
Contribution to Community

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.
Application

The application period for the 2021-2022 term is now open.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved with the Youth Engagement Committee, please email the Y.E.C. 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.
  • Please email the Youth Division for an application.

Complete the Y.E.C Application Form

Y.E.C Application Form

Y.E.C. Scholarship & Volunteer Opportunity Database

The 2020-2021 Youth Engagement Committee has created this document for their peers to make finding Scholarship and Volunteer opportunities more easily accessible to youth. This resource has been researched and put together by the members of the committee, who are a group of 12 to 17 year old’s who live or attend school in Aurora. We encourage all youth to speak with their schools and guardians before signing up for any volunteer opportunities to ensure they are the right fit, and the hours will be accepted.

Y.E.C. Database Project - Scholarship & Volunteer Opportunities

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