Township of Tiny receives Youth Drop-In Program funding

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.

For more information or to register, visit or contact the youth coordinator at [email protected] or 705-526-4204 ext. 288.

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