Markham celebrates Youth Week

Each year, Markham joins municipalities from coast-to-coast-to-coast in May to celebrate youth and their active participation in our community.

Whether it is through recreation, drama, sport, dance, civic engagement, volunteerism or leadership, every day young people are getting involved in meaningful ways that have real impact.

Youth of all ages will want to participate in the city’s biggest annual youth festival – Markham Youth Expo, presented by York University.

This year, the event goes virtual due to COVID-19. Instead of a one-day event, Markham Youth Expo will feature four themed events… meaning four days full of fun.

Drop in for the family-friendly art workshops and casual dance class. Think you’ve got talent? Sign up for the variety art competition. Contestants will have the opportunity to perform in front of a virtual audience.

The second day is centered around the theme of exploration. It will feature various hands-on activities, talented speakers, and much more for the whole family to enjoy. Learn about our galaxy, meet some new creatures, or try your hand at some safe experiments that can be done in the comfort of your own home. Event organizers hope to provide everyone with a newfound wonder and appreciation for the inherent beauty in nature. York University professor Paul Delaney is a guest speaker who will discuss exploring astronomy and astrology.

The third day of Markham Youth Expo – the Hangout which takes place from 3:30 to 6:45 – consists of different activities to network and socialize with people of all ages across the city.

The fourth and final day of the expo wraps up on May 7 with Mayor Frank Scarpitti presenting the Mayor’s Youth Awards starting at 5 pm.

The Markham Mayor’s Youth Award seeks to recognize youth accomplishment and achievement through community service.

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