In 2011 a young person named Jamie Hubley died of suicide after relentless bullying for being gay.
This urged youth in Kingston to find out what their peers needed to feel safe, supported and have a sense of belonging in their community.
A group of youth, supported by adults, went out into the community to find out what the needs of youth in Kingston were and how the city could be more youth friendly and inclusive.
They surveyed over 700 young people, 100 adults and 40 community organizations through paper surveys, focus groups and interviews.
This information was put together to create the Kingston Youth Strategy. It had 17 recommendations and a 60 action items to implement in the city.
Young people and their allies took this Strategy to City Council for a delegation. On November 15th, 2012 Kingston City Council unanimously endorsed the Kingston Youth Strategy.
Today, all 60 action items are being implemented across the city!
In 2016, Y2K received funding to expand into the Frontenac Lennox and Addington
Y2K now has over 70 community partners and has reached over 40,000 young people across Canada.
We are continuing the movement of making Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington a more youth friendly and inclusive city. We need you!
*All artwork courtesy of Sawsan Mohammed*