Youth Symposium


2017 Youth Symposium

A unique and exciting program for up to 3,200 Grade 8 students in Waterloo Region, Guelph and Wellington County.

Through inspirational and well-informed speakers, who can engage an audience of students and serve as good role models, the Symposium provided a strong positive influence on youth. Click here to view the list of presenters and a brief description of their topic.

The dates for 2017 were:

  • Tuesday April 11 for Guelph & Wellington Students, Galaxy Cinemas, 485 Woodlawn Road, Guelph;  9:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday April 12 for Waterloo Region Students at Landmark Cinemas, Kitchener;  9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Goal of the Youth Symposium


  • Better equip students with ideas, tools, motivation and confidence to cope effectively with their daily challenges;
  • Educate students so they make better choices in their life, and
  • Help students to grow to become better citizens in our community.
  • Contribute to a reduced level of crime and victimization;

 Key Messages for the Day Included:

  • You can be change!
  • It only takes ONE to make a difference!
  • Step outside your comfort zone and try new things!
  • Be an ‘energy giver’, not an ‘energy taker’!
  • If something doesn’t go your way, keep moving in a positive direction!
  • Find the HERO inside!


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