Youth Programs and Activities

A diverse group of youth friends

The Municipality of Port Hope offers many youth programs in the community. From health and wellness programs to creative art programs, there is a program for everyone.

Youth Programs

Our registered youth programs provide opportunities to build self-confidence, learn new skills, and build new relationships. You can learn more about registration dates and payment options on our register for a program webpage.

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Youth events on our calendar

Many youth events are offered throughout the year. Past events included the skate park kick off, national youth week, and the youth Halloween dance. Please check back for upcoming events or stay up-to-date with our event calendar.

Browse our event calendar

 Youth Activities 

Basketball and clipboard with drills
Youth Centre

We have a youth centre specifically dedicated to teens from 13 - 19 years old.  You can come hang out with your friends in this safe space for free.  Try your hand at air hockey, arcade games, ping pong or foosball.  You can also lounge on one of our couches while charging your phone.  Bring your friends and come join the fun!

Monday to  Friday: 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Youth playing games at the Youth Centre in Port Hope
Youth Drop-in Activities

Youth are a valuable part of our community. Our youth drop-in activities provide a safe space to come play and hang out with friends. Participate in open gym time, Hoops, or try some of our drop-in programming. Equipment is available to be signed out from the front desk.

Skate Park at Town Park in Port Hope
Port Hope Skate Park

The Port Hope Skate Park was a new addition to the Town Park in 2010. The park is open to anyone and has been a great addition for all riders in our community and other communities around us.

For more information, visit our parks page for more information about the Skate Park.

Parks, Recreation and Culture staff have put together a list of fun activities you can do with your family for any season. Make sure you check out our Seasonal Activities page. 

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Youth working together at the Jack Burger Sports Complex in Port Hope
Youth Action Committee

The Youth Action Committee is composed of driven and enthusiastic leaders from ages 13 to 19 who strive to see positive development toward youth recreation and culture throughout the Municipality of Port Hope.

Group of teens with volunteer t-shirts on
Recreation Volunteer

Looking to get involved in your community? You can volunteer at the Town Park Recreation Centre. We are always looking for extra help with special events and children’s programs. It's a fun way to give back to your community. Email the Recreation Program Coordinator for more information.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

It is proven that being active helps youth:

  • Improve self-confidence
  • Do better in school
  • Learn new skills
  • Feel happier
Physical activity recommendations for youth 12 to 17 years

It is recommend by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology that youth should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily. This should include vigorous-intensity activities at least 3 days per week. Moderate-intensity activities include bike riding and skating. Vigorous-intensity activities include running and rollerblading.

It is also beneficial to include activities that strengthen muscle and bone at least 3 days per week. 

Youth Friendly Community

Youth Friendly logo - Platinum Level

The Youth Friendly Communities recognition award is a program of Play Works, an Ontario partnership for youth. The program outlines criteria for communities to support engaged youth and highlights the investments the community makes to youth play. Promising practices for youth engagement are highlighted and celebrated. The award recognition is a community collaboration and involves youth to complete the submission. The Municipality has been recognized as a Platinum Youth Friendly Community since 2008.

 What is a Youth Friendly Community?

A Youth Friendly Community encourages play for youth in their community. Play is any non-school activity that has elements of choice, leads to satisfaction, and encourages progressive learning and enjoyment. Activities can include - but are not limited to recreation, sport, leisure, arts, drama, dance, civic engagement, youth activism, volunteerism, social clubs and youth leadership.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture recognizes and appreciates the many community partners it works with to create opportunities for youth play.