Youth Services

Engagement and recreation opportunities for youth in our community.

The Town of Oakville is committed to providing safe and inclusive spaces for youth

Due to the popularity of our drop-in programs and capacity limits, we recommend you secure your free spot online up to seven days in advance. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. If you pre-book, you must arrive within 15 minutes of the program start time or your spot may be offered to those waiting.

Have fun, hang out, listen to music, and make new friends at The Drop. Each session is free and offers a variety of activities, crafts, and sports to suit any interest. For this drop-in program, youth are permitted to come and go as they please.

Other Youth drop-in programs include:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Lengths swims
  • Shinny and skating, including a free Youth Skate at Glen Abbey Community Centre every Friday from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. (spaces are limited)
  • Volleyball

Schedules are subject to change.

Weekly programs and workshops offered include:

  • Basketball and volleyball
  • Tennis, badminton and squash
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Digital drawing, 3D printing, sewing, drawing and painting, and digital photography

Enrichment opportunities

The Oakville Youth Action Committee (OYAC) are volunteers ages 13-18 working to foster positive experiences for all youth in our community.

This year, we will be focused on a few projects, including:

  • Helping to plan and implement the expansion of youth drop-in days and times to community centres around town. Visit the Youth Drop-ins Registration page for current dates and times.
  • The creation of an art mural in the QEPCCC Youth Centre led by professional artist Yen Lin Thai.
  • Planning for a recognition night (to be confirmed) with various youth-focused awards during National Youth Week (May 1-7, 2024).

Committee members earn Community Involvement Hours towards their high school diploma. Recruitment takes place at the beginning of every school year.

OYAC typically meets at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) for two hours once per month. Committee members may need to participate in more than one meeting per month depending on the specific events and programs.

For more information, email

The Oakville Youth Action Committee (OYAC) is a group of youth volunteers working to enhance their local community by encouraging meaningful youth participation in community recreation programs and events.

The Recreation and Culture department accepts youth volunteers in select children’s programs:

  • Aquatic volunteers provide support to swimming instructors on deck and in the water, as well as helping with special events. They must complete a Pool Pal workshop before volunteering.
  • Volunteers interested in summer camp placements must complete the Learn to Lead course prior to the placement.

Volunteers interested in general program placements from September through to June can contact the recreation centre directly and ask to speak with the Recreation Coordinator or Recreation Assistant.

For more volunteering opportunities, visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for more information.

Youth Week

Every year, Oakville celebrates National Youth Week from May 1 to 7 with free activities, learning opportunities and events for youth.