Children and Youth Opportunities

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Children and Youth Opportunities

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Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities is a department focused on supporting Manitoba’s children and youth to achieve their best possible outcomes at all stages of development, both for the well-being of each child and the safety and prosperity of our province. The experiences of early childhood have a profound impact on the overall health and well being of individuals throughout their lifetime. The most significant brain development we will ever experience takes place prenatally and in the pre-school years. Supporting young children by supporting their families in this critical period has individual benefits that literally last a lifetime and societal benefits that extend to the economy, population health and community safety.

Wise investments need to be sustained to be truly effective. We know that the period of transition from childhood to adulthood has particular challenges for all youth and families. The department is committed to supporting families and youth as they navigate adolescence. We know that this is best done by providing opportunities that challenge and stimulate youth while supporting their positive development, building on their potential and passion and increasing their connection to their community. When done effectively, these positive opportunities serve to discourage youth from choosing the negative options that are so present in their daily lives.

At its core, Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities is about prevention. We all want the best for our children, right from the start and as they grow to adulthood. We know we can’t protect them from every challenge or pitfall, nor should we, but we can provide the skills they will need to navigate those pitfalls and improve the odds that they will emerge safe and strong on the other side. The programs offered through Healthy Child Manitoba, Recreation and Regional Services, MB4Youth and the Crime Prevention Unit draw on research and evidence to increase our abilities as parents, communities and as a province to set a strong foundation and support our children’s successful journey.

We invite you to look through the website and the programs and services that are offered. We also invite you to come back often as we develop the website and continue to develop Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities.



May 28, 2015
Manitoba Government Annouces It's On Track to End Use of Hotels for Youth in Care by June 1

May 19, 2015
Manitoba Government, City of Winnipeg Invest in Recreation for Youth

May 4, 2015
Manitoba Government Invests Additional $2 Million in Child and Youth Mental Health

March 18, 2015
Manitobans to Celebrate the Year of Sport

February 18, 2015
Manitoba Government Launches Five-year Plan for Early Childhood Development


August 20, 2014
Province Announces Upgrades to More Winnipeg Community Facilities

August 13, 2014
Provincial, City Funding Completes New Central Community Recreation Centre

August 6, 2014
Province Announces Updgrades to More Winnipeg Community Facilities

June 6, 2014
Province Launches 2014 Youth Summer Employment Programs, Helping Youth Get Their First Job at Home in Manitoba

June 5, 2014
New Playground at King Edward School Increases Play, Recreational Opportunities for Students, Community

May 23, 2014
École Stanley Knowles School Celebrates Opening of New Basketball Court

May 7, 2014
Winnipeg Youth Score Big with Full-sized Indoor Soccer Complex

February 25, 2014
Province Sponsors Youth Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)


November 21, 2013
Manitoba Government, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Launch Million-dollar Early Childhood Development (ECD) Innovation Fund

November 6, 2013
Province Launches Block by Block: Community Safety Initiative

November 5, 2013
Outdoor Classroom, Seating Area in Park Settings Benefit Students and Neighbourhoods

October 31, 2013
Manitoba Government Moves to Shutdown Party Houses, Prevent Gang Violence

October 11, 2013
Manitoba Government, Community Partners Prepare Thousands of Youth for Post-secondary Success

August 23, 2013
Government of Manitoba Working with Communities to Increase Recreation Choices

August 1, 2013
Summer Programs Provide Learning, Fun Activities for Over 1,000 Students

July 24, 2013
Province Launches Starting Early, Starting Strong, a Provincial Dialogue on Supporting Families Through Early Childhood Development

July 8, 2013
Province Teams up with Right To Play and Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation to Help First Nations Youth

July 3, 2013
Province Investing in Health of Manitoba Families, Babies Through Healthy Baby Program

June 26, 2013
Province Launches 2013 Youth Summer Employment Programs

May 22, 2013
Province Celebrates 10 Years of Offering Award-winning Roots of Empathy Program

May 21, 2013
Province, City Providing Grant to Renovate Community Kitchen to Support St. Vital Youth and Seniors

May 17, 2013
Construction of New Playground at King Edward School to Begin Soon

April 29, 2013
Budget 2013: Investing in Young Manitobans Through Mentorship Opportunities

April 3, 2013
Province Renews Funding for Klinic Community Health Centre

March 25, 2013
Province Announces Sport Opportunities Program Grants

March 15, 2013
Youth-serving Organizations Gather for Official Launch of Manitoba's After School Network


November 29, 2012
Province Announces After School Leaders Program, to Give Youth Experience, Build Skills

October 30, 2012
Premier and Other Leaders Motivate Manitoba Youth at We Day Manitoba

October 5, 2012
Province Announces New Sport Opportunities Fund Designed to Help Keep Kids Out of Crime

May 11, 2012
Province Announces Provincewide Expansion of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Services

March 26, 2012
First-in-Canada Early Learning Model Announced for Lord Selkirk Park

March 15, 2012
UWinnipeg First to Offer Tuition Waivers for Youth in Care in Manitoba

February 13, 2012
Provincial Grants Help Students Design Projects to Enhance Citizenship Knowledge

January 13, 2012
Cabinet Shakeup Brings in New Energy: Selinger

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