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Community Involvement

Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn more about yourself and possible career opportunities. It can also help you gain self-confidence and work experience that will help you get jobs in the future. Check out a number of the ways you can get involved in Barrie.

Volunteering
National Youth Week National Youth Week happens May 1–7 every year. It's an opportunity for your city, youth-serving organizations and the community as a whole to honour the youth in our community. The planning committee is always looking for youth to help out with planning and making the week a great success.
Barrie Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) If you’re between the ages of 14 and 19, this is your chance to make a difference at your library. Members of the TAB work together to create a great environment for teens at the library.
YMCA Youth Advisory Committee The YMCA is looking for young people to participate as active members of their Youth Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is the “voice” for youth in our Y, and report annually to the Board of Directors and Senior Staff.  Youth who are actively engaged in this committee have the opportunity to participate in an International Volunteer Experience through the support of our community donors. For more information, contact brian_shelley@ymca.ca
City Recreation Special Events

The City's Recreation Services department welcomes volunteers to help run games and activity stations at many of their special events! Email rec.volunteers@barrie.ca indicating your interest, and your name will be added to the Volunteer email list, and the next time an opportunity comes up they will contact you!

Programs
YMCA Leadership Programs The Y offers after-school leadership programs for youth aged 12-18.  Learn to be a community leader, make new friends and have fun. For info contact brian_shelley@ymca.ca
City of Barrie Student Mayor Program Are you interested in the inner workings of a municipality? Want to be a part of Monday night Council meetings? Ask your school about the Student Mayor Program or contact the Mayor’s Office at 705-792-7900 or officeofthemayor@barrie.ca.
Youth Ambassadors and Global Perspectives

Check these programs out if you're:

  • a 14 – 15 year old Barrie resident and interested in a 2-week summer cultural exchanges with Japan or China; or
  • a grade 10 student in Simcoe County and interested in a semester-long intensive study of international affairs that will provide you with the opportunity to travel to Germany and a third world country during grade 11
Awards
City of Barrie Youth Spirit Catcher Award Each year, the City of Barrie recognizes outstanding achievement of youth ages 12-18 through the Youth Spirit Catcher Award.

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