City of Brantford Designated Youth Friendly Community 

For Immediate Release
5/1/2017 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Manager, Corporate Communications 
Phone: 519-759-4222 

Brantford, ON – To mark today's launch of National Youth Week, 2017, we are excited to formally announce that the City of Brantford has been designated as a "Youth Friendly Community". The City was awarded the honour at the 2017 Parks and Recreation Ontario annual conference in Huntsville. Brantford joins 42 other communities from across Ontario to receive this designation, which recognizes communities that invest in youth and their future.

City of Brantford Designated Youth Friendly Community

City of Brantford Designated Youth Friendly Community

The Play Works Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program awards communities in Ontario that are meeting the needs of adolescent youth based on the following criteria:

  • Facilities are dedicated to youth play
  • The community celebrates and recognizes youth
  • Youth feel comfortable in their own community
  • Play is accessible to youth with disabilities
  • The community commits funding for youth play
  • The community supports positive youth development

The designation recognizes a series of initiatives the City has undertaken to meet the needs of youth in our community including the "W-Lounge" and "The Eagles Nest" dedicated youth spaces launched at Woodman Community Centre, Doug Snooks Eagle Place Community Centre and TB Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, as well as the "Crew Card" youth membership program, that provides access to free and discounted programming at Woodman Park and Branlyn Community Centres.

"We are proud and honoured to earn the designation as a Youth Friendly Community", says Sandy Jackson, General Manager of Community Programs and Recreation. "As a municipality, the City of Brantford has demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate a commitment to making a significant difference in the lives of youth. Along with the Corporate Youth Strategy that will soon be shared with Brantford City Council and the Youth Collective Impact project currently underway, we are excited to see youth community in Brantford thriving."