Youth Centre Philosophy and Benefits
COVID-19 Update: July 15, 2020
As the Province’s COVID-19 restart plans continue to move forward, the City of Greater Sudbury has been identified as one of the regions permitted to move into Stage 3, as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 17. This stage permits the safe reopening of additional municipal amenities and the majority of private businesses.
The City is reviewing the provincial announcement as it relates to the reopening of arenas. Countryside Arena is the only arena that is typically open during the summer months, and more information on Countryside will be available in the coming days. The City is also reviewing the demand for other arenas, in line with provincial direction, and will share that information when the review is complete.
Due to the more extensive safety protocols that must be in place, as well as uncertain demand and traditional lower usage during the summer months, further evaluation is required on the potential reopening of fitness centres. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.
Community centres and field houses will remain closed.
All City of Greater Sudbury community and recreation centres, all arenas, fieldhouses, and City-operated pools, fitness centres and museums are closed.
All facility rentals are suspended until the end of the Provincial order. Refunds or credits will be issued for cancelled facility rentals. No new rentals will be accepted until after the Provincial order is over.
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The City of Greater Sudbury Youth Centres are committed to the development of programming that promotes a positive educational environment for youth within the city. Youth centres provide an environment where all participants regardless of sex, race, religion, and economic status feel safe and understood.
Youth Centres provide a safe and supervised facility for youth to engage in educational programs and leisure activities which encourage the growth of positive self-esteem. Youth who attend our centres are able to freely express their opinions without fear of judgement, and are encouraged to participate in the development of programming. The participants’ ages range from 10 to 18 years
Youth Centres allow young people to drop in and participate in a variety of supervised activities. Participants are able to come and go to this program freely, and are unsupervised once they leave the program. There are no barriers to entry and centres do not charge a registration fee. Centres offer a wide range of activities including: sports, billiards, video games, movie nights, chat time, and guest presentations on current issues. Centres offer internet access, homework assistance, peer mentoring, and educational workshops that will encourage making healthy life choices. The sites connect youth with the local community, encouraging volunteerism to make a difference. Centres pride themselves on being smoke, drug and alcohol-free venues for young people to interact in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Youth taking advantage of these drop-in facilities will enjoy:
- increased physical fitness levels
- increased employment opportunities by learning résumé writing and interview skills
- getting involved in the community, thereby fostering and promoting civic engagement
- spending time with other youth in a non-judgmental environment where they feel safe
- developing leadership skills
- developing budgeting and fundraising skills through special event planning
- having their achievements recognized and celebrated
- having access to service agencies and referral services to which they may otherwise not have access
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The French interface of our new registration system is still under development, however it is important that the City goes live with the new system as the existing registration and facility booking system is no longer supported by the vendor. Residents can still receive this service in French by calling 311 to have a French-speaking operator process bookings or registrations. The French interface will be launched in time for the fall/winter registration period.