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All Children and Youth Thrive!

By the Our Kids Network Milton Community Hub Coordinator

Happy October and Welcome to the Milton Hub! One of our main focuses here at the Milton Hub is working with community partners to provide a thriving community for our youth. Milton is a quickly growing town with many young families whose children will soon be adolescents. The adolescent years are when children need and deserve increased focus and support. Research has proven that during the years between Grades 7 and 10, the number of Developmental Assets® that youth have decrease dramatically. This decrease can result in youth participating in high risk behaviours. We strive to build those Developmental Assets and also support parents and other adults in the community to help build them up as well during that developmental period.

One way the Milton Hub supports youth in our community is by participating on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) in the role of an adult support member. MYAC is a dedicated group of youth who advise the Mayor and Counsellors of Milton on issues that affect the youth of Milton. These young people are advocates for their peers in the community. They also host events for youth in the community.

One of MYAC’s most successful events is the annual Youth Awards. Taking place during Youth week in May of each year, these awards recognize youth who strive to make their community a better place to live. These awards are important as they are not given out by the school, but are awarded in recognition for activities that youth do outside of school and that often go unnoticed in the community. The awards are attended by nominees, their nominators, family and dignitaries from Milton. There are also exceptional guest speakers who give the youth in attendance words of strength and inspiration. The MYAC youth run the entire awards ceremony by themselves with some assistance from the adult supports: from creating the requirements for each award and choosing the winners to ordering the food, the guest speaker, and the awards themselves – the youth do it all! It is truly an event for youth by youth.

The fantastic Milton Youth Award winners for 2017.

The supportive crowd listening to MYAC chair Daniel Jolic open the evening.

Listening to guest speaker, Scott Hogarth. His message was one of perseverance, overcoming barriers and working towards success.

We are very proud of the phenomenal youth we have here in Milton. We can’t wait to see what amazing things the MYAC youth of 2017/18 do this year! They are an incredibly dynamic group of young people who are dedicated to making their community the best it can be.

To learn more about the Milton Community Hub, contact  miltonhub@ourkidsnetwork.ca.

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