Local government and youth


There are many ways young people and citizens can get involved with City of Kitchener:

Youth Forum

  • The City offers a Youth Forum in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kitchener. The program is delivered to grade 10 students who are enrolled in Civics courses at participating schools.
  • Members of council teach students about local government. Students work in small groups to develop a presentation regarding an issue that's important to them. Then students come to Kitchener City Hall and present their ideas and engage with members of council and/or the mayor. In addition, students hear from a keynote speaker (a young person who has contributed positively to the community), have a Q&A session with the mayor and members of council, and receive a tour of Kitchener City Hall.
  • The goal is to help high school students learn about their local government and how to create change in the community. It also allows students to interact with members of council and provides opportunities for members of council and the mayor to learn about what issues are important to young people.

My Ideal City Contest

  • My Ideal City is a contest that empowers young people to participate in municipal government. Students in grades 5-6 who live in Kitchener are asked to think about the programs and services they would like to see in their "Ideal City," and write a 250 report about why they chose them. Reports submitted are graded based on creativity and persuasiveness of the ideas presented.
  • All participants are invited to a reception in the council chambers and winning essays are published in the Kitchener Citizen.
  • Students are also paired with the mayor, a councillor or staff person and participate in a live, televised mock council meeting to experience what it's like to be an elected official.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • One of the greatest strengths in our community are our wonderful volunteers. We have volunteer opportunities that match a wide variety of interests, skills and time commitments.
  • If you're interested in volunteering check out our current volunteer opportunities, complete our online application form and let us know the types of roles you are interested in or contact us at 519-741-2200 ext 7564 to discuss how you would like to share your time with your city of Kitchener.    

Engage Kitchener

  • Engage Kitchener is an online forum that allows citizens to offer feedback, share opinions and exchange ideas about city programs, services and decisions.
  • Check out what topics are currently on the platform and provide your feedback: www.engagekitchener.ca


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