2016 YDRS Program just released - click here to view the schedule, sessions and speaker bios!
We are excited to announce that the 2016 YDRS Symposium will be held from November 3-5 at Red Deer College. The conference theme is "Strengthening Mental Health through Recreation."
The symposium will focus on both personal and professional development, and will include HIGH FIVE Strengthening Children's Mental Health training for supervisors and front-line workers.
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The Youth Development Through Recreation Services (YDRS) Symposium is a bi-annual forum for advancing the knowledge about the contributions of recreation programs and services. It aims to provide information about children and youth development by promoting the delivery and expansion of positive development through sport, recreation, physical activity, education and general health promotion.
The YDRS Symposium attracts delegates from municipal recreation, community service departments, not for profit groups, community sports groups, public health, educational institutions and social service organizations. Presenters range from front line staff to youth policy makers.
The educational opportunity is designed to provide delegates with the opportunity to:
- Learn first hand about child and youth development and its application in recreation
- Hear from colleagues and peers through focused and themed presentations
- Enjoy networking opportunities and return home with practical and applicable resources
- Front-line Youth Workers
- Social Workers
- Recreation Facility Staff
- Healthcare Workers
- Recreation Coordinators & Managers
"Providing an educational forum to advance knowledge of youth development through recreation."
The Symposium is based on the National Youth Development Symposium that was launched in Calgary in the spring of 2003.