Youth Week

Youth Week

The Advisory Committee encourages ages 12-18 to celebrate Youth Week May 1-7, 2019 by coming out to these fun filled events.  All events are FREE of charge.

17th Annual Youth Art Exhibit
Ages 12 to 18 are invited to submit a piece of original art work for the Youth Art Exhibit by Monday, April 15, 2019. Submissions and form are to be dropped off at the City of St. John's, Paul Reynolds Community Centre, 35 Carrick Drive. All submitted art work will be on public display in the Great Hall, City Hall from April 29 to May 10, 2019.

Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Opening reception for public with finger foods, refreshments and live entertainment. Monday, April 29, 2019 from 7-8 p.m. at City Hall.

Ages 12 to 18 enjoy a thrill filled night at the carnival with Sky High Amusements, Magician, Popcorn, Human Sized Games and so much more. Lots of prizes to be won!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Paul Reynolds Community Centre. 

Youth of the Year Awards
Designed to honour a junior high and high school student who has helped make St. John's a better place to live through their volunteer contributions, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

Nominate a deserving young person before the deadline, Monday, April 15, 2019. Award presentations on Friday, May 3, 2019.


Youth swim
Take the plunge and enjoy a free swim in one of our pools!

  • Saturday, May 4, noon to 12:50 p.m. at Paul Reynolds Community Centre
  • Sunday, May 5, 2:00 to 3:20 p.m. at H.G.R Mews Community Centre


What is National Youth Week?
National Youth Week is an initiative that began in Canada in 1995. The goal of Youth Week is to celebrate youth, their achievements and their commitment to our communities. Youth Week also gives us an opportunity to recognize and give back to the youth who have given so much to our community through their volunteer efforts. National Youth Week is celebrated in Canada each year from May 1 to 7 and entails various activities and celebrations for youth of all ages.

Youth Week and the City of St. John's
The City of St. John's became an active supporter of National Youth Week in 2000, by offering a variety of events and activities for local youth. The focus has been on working with youth to plan and implement activities for the 12 to 18 year-old age group. Through its Recreation Division a variety of events designed to appeal to youth are offered. Past events include: Youth Art Exhibit, free swims, carnivals and the Youth of the Year Award presentation. 

Youth Week also helps the youth within the community make connections with other youth and community partners that may have lasting benefits in the future. Taking part in National Youth Week also helps youth build on their social skills, confidence, creativity, and positive relationships. We invite you to embrace the spirit of Youth Week in St. John's and come out to participate in our many activities. As well, we encourage you to start Youth Week activities of your own to celebrate the youth of our great City.

The City of St. John's awards an annual Junior and Senior Youth of the Year Award designed to recognize the tremendous achievements of two youth in our community. The individuals nominated for this award are voted on by a board of their peers and community partners. 
If you have any questions about Youth Week or want to get involved, please contact the Youth Services Fieldworker at 576-8630.