We are excited to announce that the 2018 YDRS Symposium will be held from March 7-8 at the Radisson Hotel in Red Deer. This year's conference theme is "Healthy Child and Youth Development." Check out our On-Site Guide for details.

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About YDRS

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

Who Attends

  • Front-line Youth Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Recreation Facility Staff
  • Healthcare Workers
  • Recreation Coordinators & Managers
  • Teachers


"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.