Step aside adults. Youths are taking over the City of Oshawa for the first week of May.
Starting May 1, youth between the ages of 10 and 17 will be able to partake in activities throughout the city as Oshawa celebrates National Youth Week for the third year.
Events have been planned by a team of youth who worked with city staff to determine the schedule and locations for this busy week.
“Youth involvement in the planning and carrying out of the events in the biggest difference from years past, as well as the inclusion of a Speaker Series,” said Aili Oberson, coordinator of events and community engagement.
To kick off the week, young people will have the opportunity to showcase t-shirt designs for upcoming Canada Day celebrations at the Legends Centre on May 1. Submission for the t-shirt contest must have been entered by April 28th. They will also have the opportunity to speak about youth issues on May 3 at the Speaker Series and participate in Open Mic Night on May 4 at the Arts Resource Centre.
The week will also be filled with other activities like Zumba lessons and a 3-on-3 ball hockey tournament.
To wrap up the week with a bang, a battle of the bands will be held on the May 7 at the McLaughlin branch of the Oshawa Public Library, located downtown. The competition is opened to local bands of all ages that haven’t been signed. The winner will perform at Canada Day celebrations in the city.
All events are free and there is no need to sign up before hand, although some events, such as the hockey tournament, can be registered for in advance by email.
For more information regarding Youth Week activities please visit oshawa.ca.
Story and images by Ana Pautassi.