Recap of Youth Week 2010

Happy belated youth week everyone! For those of you who didn’t hear about it Youth Week is the one week in a year dedicated to telling youth how truly awesome they are.

Edmonton Youth Week

Checking out the new promo materials at the Edmonton Public Library table.

Edmonton Youth Week

Sometimes the fun required a bit of work. During the launch on Saturday by Stanley Milner Library, participants had to work for their refreshments, powering the smoothie bike.

As you can imagine, Youth Council had some pretty big plans. The biggest thing I participated in was the Youth Council’s first ever Youth Excellence Awards, which is basically another way of recognizing youth who are doing the right things and have great stories to share. We kicked off the afternoon with games (Wii, hula hoops, and some seriously awesome chalk murals), free food, and for the first time ever (at least that I’ve seen) bike-generated smoothies! I even got to try my hand at a little public speaking, by giving out a few awards.

Edmonton Youth Week

Mayor Stephen Mandel congratulates one of the winners during the Youth Excellence Awards.

Edmonton Youth Week

Mayor Stephen Mandel and Councillor Kim Krushell with one of the winners of the Youth Excellence Awards.

We handed out nineteen awards in five categories: arts and culture, science and technology, volunteering and community, environmental leadership and strength of character. Each winner walked away with a big pat on the back from the City of Edmonton and one hundred dollars.

Over all the Youth Week kick off was a big success and recognised a lot of great young people who are doing lots of really cool things for the community.

Edmonton Youth Week

DJ_CreeAzin was one of many performers helping celebrate the kick-off of Edmonton Youth Week.  It was a concentrated week full of fun, interactive activities that highlighted our issues, interests, abilities and diversity as young people. Celebrations in Edmonton were part of an international event held in numerous cities and provinces across Canada and around the world.

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Destyni De Luca
It is Destyni's first year on youth council and her first time blogging.
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