Together for Youth: The Coordinated Youth Services Strategy for the City of Brantford and County of Brant 

For Immediate Release
5/9/2017 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Manager, Corporate Communications 
Phone: 519-759-4222 

City and County launch Together for Youth: A Coordinated Youth Services Strategy for the City of Brantford and County of Brant

BRANTFORD, ON – The City of Brantford and County of Brant are excited and proud to present Together for Youth: A Coordinated Youth Services Strategy for the City of Brantford and the County of Brant.

Developed in consultation with youth and youth agencies to increase opportunities for success among youth in our communities, Together for Youth highlights 57 milestones and 23 goals across seven themes including: (1) Civic Engagement and Youth Leadership (2) Health and Wellness (3) Education, Training, and Apprenticeships (4) Employment and Entrepreneurship (5) Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Safety (6) Strong, Supportive Friends and Family and (7) Coordinated and Youth-Friendly Communities.

"This Strategy brings together a number of partners to ensure that youth in our communities have a chance to reach their full potential," says Jo Atanas, General Manager of Public Health, Safety and Social Services for the City of Brantford. "The two municipalities are proud of the achievements of local youth and the community initiatives in place that continue to empower them."

"A vibrant, youth-friendly City is a place where youth are engaged, have strong connections, and a meaningful voice in shaping the community around them," says Sandy Jackson, General Manager of Community Programs, Parks and Recreation.

Recently, the City of Brantford and County of Brant have both been officially awarded designations as "Youth-Friendly Communities" by PlayWorks - the Ontario Partnership for Active and Engaged Youth. Recent additional strategic milestones include the opening of the Brant Youth Centre in Paris and the creation of the youth-focused 'W' Lounge at the Woodman Park Community Centre in Brantford. Staff also developed a research partnership with Laurier Brantford to determine best practices for connecting with youth in need of services, and supported the community in accessing $100,000 of provincial funding for Parker's Project – a youth led initiative to investigate the needs of pregnant and parenting youth.

"The County of Brant is excited to be partnering with the City of Brantford to provide the youth in our communities with more opportunities and services", says Sarah Dredge, Recreation Coordinator for the County of Brant. "Through this collaboration, youth in our communities will have more opportunities to succeed, and to know that they are valued."

Councillor John Sless, Chair of the Social Services Committee noted, "This is an excellent example of how City and County staff can work together to make a difference for youth in our communities. I'm excited to see the great work that is happening already and plans to meet important milestones for youth in the future."

Please click to access the full report: "Together for Youth: The Coordinated Youth Services Strategy for the City of Brantford and County of Brant"

The Strategy will be considered by Committee of the Whole – Operations and Administration on May 9th.

Media Contact:

Maria Visocchi
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Brantford
Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5754 | Cell: 519.732.9305
mvisocchi@brantford.ca