Youth Vaping Trends Revealed in New Calgary Report
Youth Central | Calgary Youth Blog
by youthcentralyyc
1M ago
A recent survey by the Mayor’s Youth Council sheds light on the rates of vaping among Calgary’s youth. The study, which polled 168 young people in Calgary, found that nearly half of those who vape, had tried it by the age of 14. This underscores the urgent need for early education and intervention to address the growing youth vaping epidemic. The research, unveiled at a press conference at City Hall on June 13, 2024, also highlighted the critical role peers play in shaping youth attitudes and behaviors around vaping. A concerning finding is that 30% of youth who vape reported using it as a c ..read more
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Calgary Youth Foundation Spring 2024 Macrogrant Recipients Announced
Youth Central | Calgary Youth Blog
by youthcentralyyc
1M ago
We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of our latest round of macrogrants! These inspiring projects, led by young people in our community, will have a profound impact on the lives of their peers and beyond. The Iris Project: This youth-led initiative will provide customized birthday baskets to girls and women in need at local shelters, promoting self-worth and community. The iris flower, a symbol of hope and renewal, will serve as a powerful reminder of their value. Project Tech Careers: This organization inspires high school students to pursue careers in tech by connecting them w ..read more
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Recipients Announced at the 21st annual Youth of Distinction Awards!
Youth Central | Calgary Youth Blog
by ros
2M ago
Imagine a city transformed by the vibrant energy and unwavering commitment of its youth. In Calgary, this vision is becoming reality, one award at a time. The Youth of Distinction Awards (YODA) have been celebrating the incredible young people making a difference in their community for two decades. On Saturday, May 4th, the Calgary Zoo came alive with enthusiastic youth as the 21st annual YODA ceremony took place. Recipients were announced across nine categories, each representing a different way that Calgary’s youth are leading the charge to build stronger communities. From the gene ..read more
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We are celebrating National Volunteer Week with a GIVEAWAY
Youth Central | Calgary Youth Blog
by ros
3M ago
From April 14th to April 20th, we’re shining a spotlight on Calgary’s incredible youth volunteers who are making every moment matter! Defying national trends in volunteer shortages, youth in Calgary are building thriving communities and we want to celebrate them with a GIVEAWAY! Help us spread the love for the amazing young volunteers in Calgary by liking our posts during National Volunteer Week for your chance to win awesome volunteer swag!  Prizes 1st Prize: black crew neck sweater + a black metal water bottle 2nd Prize: black crew neck sweater (multiple draws) 3rd Prize: black meta ..read more
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How can you empower youth through event planning?
Youth Central | Calgary Youth Blog
by youthcentralyyc
3M ago
From a young age, Emerson sought an outlet for their interests and talents, eventually finding their calling within the Youth of Distinction Awards program at Youth Central. In this interview, Emerson shares their experiences, motivations, and the profound impact volunteering has had on their life and the community. Finding Purpose Through Volunteering Emerson’s journey with Youth Central began when they were just eleven years old and  searching for a meaningful extracurricular activity. Introduced to the Youth of Distinction Awards committee by their mother, Emerson found a place to dir ..read more
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Step Into the Mayor’s Shoes: Calgary’s Mayor for a Day Experience
Youth Central | Calgary Youth Blog
by youthcentralyyc
4M ago
Youth have the power to make some real changes in our city. Every year, Youth Central calls on youth to step up and share their visions for a better Calgary through the Mayor for a Day contest. This isn’t just another activity – it’s a chance to collaborate with the Mayor and bring fresh ideas to life. The Mayor for a Day contest is a cornerstone of the Mayor’s Youth Council program, which takes leadership skills and civic engagement and puts them into action. The goal? To amplify youth voices on pressing local issues. Introducing Shay, our 2024 Mayor for a Day winner! Shay learned about ..read more
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Great.com interviewed Youth Central About Cultivating Leadership and Volunteerism in Calgary
Youth Central | Calgary Youth Blog
by youthcentralyyc
5M ago
Danielle Ribeiro from Great.com interviewed Youth Central as part of their ‘Great.com Talks With…‘ podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world. Michelle Hodgins, Coordinator of Communications & Philanthropy of Youth Central, talked with Great.com about cultivating leadership and volunteerism in Calgary youth. At the core of Youth Central’s philosophy is the belief that all youth have the power to make a meaningful impact in their community. Through various programs an ..read more
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Do you need youth volunteers for your upcoming non-profit activity or charitable event?
Youth Central | Calgary Youth Blog
by youthcentralyyc
6M ago
Youth are looking for meaningful ways to connect. Youth Central meets this need by providing group-based volunteer opportunities to youth ages 12-18 in Calgary. We empower youth to find and build their communities.  Volunteering is a great way to connect and build vital life skills that support future success. Over 1,600 youth choose to volunteer with Youth Central because our programs are accessible, flexible, and relevant. One of Youth Central’s programs, Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC), is inviting you to collaborate with us. Right now, we collaborate with over 90 organizations in Calgary ..read more
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Youth Central Alumni Make their Mark
Youth Central | Calgary Youth Blog
by youthcentralyyc
10M ago
Youth volunteers are more important than ever. Young people are answering the calls to action in their communities, and are stepping up to make a difference. Youth Central welcomes this enthusiasm and has many different pathways to help youth find their passion, and develop their skills and understanding. But what happens when our youth volunteers age out of our programming? Where do they go and what do they take with them?  Azaad Gill and Alex Stevenson, were active Youth Central volunteers while they were in high school and they recently became amazing alumni. Saying yes to volunteeri ..read more
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Reasons you should join a Youth Central committee this fall
Youth Central | Calgary Youth Blog
by youthcentralyyc
11M ago
Ever heard of a steering committee? A steering committee is a group of volunteers who meet regularly to come up with ideas, and work together to reach a common goal. Most of the programs at Youth Central are driven by committees of youth volunteers.  Applying to join a committee is easy. Just fill out the online application HERE.  But wait. WHY should you bother?  In no particular order, here are a bunch of reasons why joining a steering committee is worth your time!  Seek passion. Find purpose.  Get out of the house. Make new friends. Discover your potential ..read more
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