The Tiny Township has received Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund money for Tiny Teens – On the Go to Healthy Active Living. The total budget for the project is $43,418 with provincial funding contributing $33,687. The grant will help develop a new Youth Drop-In Program, which, officials say, is a great opportunity for youth not only in Tiny, but for all of North Simcoe.
According to a 2015 Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit report, only one in four youth are meeting the 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity daily physical activity guideline. Each session being offered in the drop-in program will introduce a different active experience that will promote physical activity and healthy choices in a social and safe environment. Youth will be able to try-out different activities and may even discover a new interest.
The program is designed for youth aged 12-18 years and will take place every Thursday night during the summer and every other Thursday night in the fall and winter months. The program runs from 6-8 p.m. with dinner being provided each activity night.
To break financial barriers and rural transportation challenges, free transportation to most off-site activities (such as bowling, curling, skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, gymnastics, hip-hop and water polo) will be provided to families who require the service.
With an ever-increasing trend of reduced physical activity and in-person social interaction for youth, the drop-in program aims to provide safe, social, affordable and accessible opportunities that bring youth together and encourage an inactive population to become active.