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City of Kings meets The Peg

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles” 

The Connecting Youth Cultures project of 2016 strongly reflects this quote by known adventure author Tim Cahill. The project is a joint venture between three youth serving organizations in Kingston: Pathways to Education, ISKA Youth, and Y2K. With the added support of the YMCA and Canada Exchanges, 23 youth from Kingston, 2 youth from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and 5 adults will be travelling to Winnipeg to meet and connect with youth from Ma Mawi Youth Centre. This will be no ordinary tourist experience, as the group will learn extensively about Indigenous culture through a traditional method of learning. Their goal is to share individual cultures and contribute to the reconciliation process that is so desperately needed in our country.

Find out more about the exchange on social media using the hashtag #Ygk2Ywg (the respective airport codes for Kingston and Winnipeg) and follow along on their adventure!


National Youth Week 2016: An Overview

Y2K is celebrating National Youth Week with a series of fun events planned in collaboration with our partners. For a full listing of Youth Week events please consult our events calendar:

Here are just a few of the key activities to check out throughout the city:

Monday, May 2nd

Motion with Council

On Tuesday May 2nd, kick off national youth week by joining members of Kingston City Council for a variety of games, sports and activities in the Artillery Park Aquatic Centre Gym from 4-5pm.  Activities will be run by youth for youth, the bouldering climbing wall will be open and the music will be loud.  Drop in for an opportunity to interact with Kingston’s political leaders in a causal setting while having a blast and meeting new people. Organized by the City of Kingston, in partnership with the Y2K Youth Strategy Collective.


Tuesday, May 3rd

Y2K Delegation to City Council

On Tuesday, May 3rd, Y2K will be sending a delegation of youth to present on some of our successes to date this year, as well as what Y2K means to Kingston youth. We are encouraging as many Y2K supporters to come out as possible! Mark it in your calendar & bring a friend! Council meetings start at 7.30pm, and we will likely be near the beginning of the meeting.


Friday, May 6th

Kingston Police Present Market Madness

On Friday May 6, 2016 the Kingston Police, along with the City of Kingston and the Kingston Y2K Youth Strategy, will be hosting the second annual Youth Week basketball game in Springer Market Square from 4 to 6pm.  In 2015 this event brought together officer and local youth to compete in basketball games behind Kingston City Hall. Two basketball courts will be constructed to provide local youth and officers the opportunity to interact in a fun and sporting environment. Entry to the event is completely free.  Please come down to the event to meet some local officers, learn about the Kingston Youth Strategy, and support local youth.

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Saturday, May 7th

Improbable Escapes Presents Escape City Hall!

It is improbable that you will be able to escape from Kingston City Hall in this challenging escape room game offered in partnership between the City of Kingston and Improbable Escapes. Youth and their families are invited to drop into City Hall May 7th between 1 and 3pm to test their wits and knowledge of Kingston’s history and governance system to escape from City Hall.  Each game will take approximately 30 minutes.  Start times vary and participation is free but group sizes are limited.  Sign up to play through this link. Spaces in each game will be first come first served. Organized by the City of Kingston in partnership with the Y2K Youth Strategy Collective.