Park's Forestry and Recreation's 'Youth Recreation Engagement Strategy' consists of five principles that will guide program planning and service delivery for youth. Service delivery will be based on a positive youth development approach that builds on strengths of youth; will be flexible and responsive to youth needs and timelines; does not fit into a "one size fits all" model; and will be sustained and ongoing.
This multi-year plan will help to ensure that Toronto residents continue to have access to recreation and leisure programs and services that are relevant and that meet the needs of the diverse across Toronto. The Recreation Service Plan (RSP) confirms youth as a priority area of service and recognizes that engaging more youth in recreation is an essential step in the development of healthy communities.
In February 2014, Toronto City Council voted unanimously to approve the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy (TYES). Phase 1 of the strategy includes 28 recommendations and 111 actions aimed at creating more supportive systems and building resiliency of Toronto’s most vulnerable Youth.
The Youth Engagement Strategy aims to bring more youth voices into city planning conversations by:
- Understanding how and when to engage youth on city planning issues; and,
- Creating a framework that will mobilize a generation to take ownership of and become active on planning issues
The City of Toronto's Social Development, Finance & Administration Division manages a variety of youth development programs including initiative focused on youth equity, youth employment, and youth voice.