The City of Brampton recently announced that they will be creating two Community Youth Hubs and are leaving it up to Brampton youth to decide what they will look like.
There are 130,600 people in Brampton between the of ages 14 to 29, according to 2016 census data, making the community one of the youngest in Canada.
This is why, along with research and engagement, that the community has emphasized the importance of Brampton youth having their own focused spaces in the city, as part of the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
Brampton is creating two dedicated Community Youth Hubs which will be located at Century Gardens Recreation Centre and the other within South Fletcher’s Sportsplex.
According to Yvonne Sinniah, the City of Brampton’s Manager, Strategic Community Development and Program Partnerships, and COVID-19 Youth Support Task Force Lead, it’s up to Brampton’s youth to decide what these spaces will look like.
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“We’re undergoing a thorough consultation process with residents and stakeholders to design and implement these new youth hubs,” said Sinniah.
“This process will help inform important decisions like whether the spaces will be open on weekends or weekdays, what services they will offer, and what they will look and feel like.”
Brampton’s youth will have the opportunity to inform the design process and provide their feedback on what they’d like to see at the hubs.
Options for programming include professional development, recreational and creative activities and special events.
Hours could range from weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekday evenings, weekends from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm or weekend evenings.
Additionally, the hubs could include a variety of interior design features, such as lounge space set-ups comprised of large tables for groups, individual workspaces and more.
The design process will begin in Winter 2021, with input from the City’s consultation process with residents and stakeholders.
Funding for the Youth Hubs will be provided through the City of Brampton 2020-2022 capital budget ($5.85M) and Region of Peel 2020 capital budget ($6.0M).
“We need to know what Brampton’s youth think belongs in these spaces,” said Harkirat Singh, City Councillor, Wards 9 and 10, and Youth Support Task Force Co-Chair.
“With young people ages 14 to 29, that could be a wide range of offerings to meet youth at every age and life stage along the way.”
“We encourage youth to sign up for a workshop, and we encourage everyone to take the survey to inform staff on how to design these spaces,” said Charmaine Williams, City Councillor, Wards 7 and 8, and Youth Support Task Force Co-Chair.
The City of Brampton is inviting youth from the ages of 14 to 29 to register for an online workshop and have their say on designing and programming the Community Youth Hubs. Registration is now open.
The first 50 participants at each workshop date will get a free Brampton Recreation pass, which can be used to attend a swim, skate or fitness program.
All participants who attend a workshop will be entered to win an annual fitness membership.
For more information and to register, visit www.brampton.ca/recreation.