Youth in Durham
Youth aged 13-18 years old must be registered in school in Ontario. Youth in this age group are typically in High School or Secondary School. Visit the Learning in Durham section of the Portal for more information.
Students in secondary schools in Ontario must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities. This requirement encourages students to develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility as well as the important role they can play and contributions they can make in supporting their community.
There are many ways for youth to get involved in their communities. Many municipalities and libraries have youth councils that bring youth together to provide input into local programs and services. Durham Regional Police run an annual Youth in Policing (YIP) program. Places of worship and ethno-cultural groups often provide youth-focused initiatives and events throughout Durham.
Arriving in a new country can be difficult for youth. Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) are there to help. SWIS workers can connect the youth with peer-helpers, their family with services and provide newcomer youth with orientation and guidance on navigating their new life in Canada.
Play and Recreation
High School provides an opportunity for youth to try new sports, join clubs and associations and to explore new ways of expressing themselves. Local municipalities also provide a wide variety of activities geared specifically for this age group through their recreation departments. In some municipalities there are also Youth Centres that provide a safe place for youth to hang out, meet other youth and get involved in their community.
Health and Living
There are many community resources to help youth live healthy, happy lives, we have listed a few of these in the links section on the right side of this page.
There are sexual health services specifically for youth in Durham, visit the Health Department website for contact information. For youth who have questions or concerns about their own sexuality or that of a friend, the Durham Prideline (1-855-877-7433) is available 6pm to 10pm seven days a week.
Whether you’re a newcomer or not, being a teenager can be sometimes be hard but there are people and organizations who can help. Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) is a free, anonymous and confidential phone and online professional counselling service for youth, all day, every day.