The BCA is creating new opportunities for local youth to get together with their peers and engage with the wider community. The BCA is proud to support new ways for youth to:

  • socialize and have fun;
  • learn something new;
  • develop or improve a skill, including leadership skills; and
  • have a greater say in the type of youth activities, projects and clubs that are supported by the BCA

Are you ready to have fun and get more involved with your community? If so, the Blackburn Community Association wants to hear from you!

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  • Interactive Talk about Poetry
    As part of its youth engagement activities, the BCA is inviting Blackburn youth aged 10-14 to participate in an Interactive Talk about Poetry with poet and playwright Henry Beissel on Saturday August 27, 2022 at 11am at the local library. Mr. Beissel was the volunteer judge for the recent BCA Spring Poetry Prize for Youth and
  • Young Helping Hands for Seniors!
    By Maureen Forsythe BCA Youth Director Are you a young person (between 12-17 years old) living in Blackburn Hamlet who would like to give older residents in the community a helping hand with light yard work and gardening this spring and summer?  If so, the BCA would love to hear from you! In the February
  • Looking for Young Mural Artists!
    by Maureen Forsythe BCA Youth Director As part of its youth engagement activities, the Blackburn Community Association is once again supporting the creation of a new outdoor mural in our community. Local youth aged 10-17 are invited to collaborate with Ottawa mural artist Ryan Smeeton in the design and installation of the new mural this
  • Midsummer Poetry Party
    Local youth (aged 10-13) are invited to participate in a Midsummer Poetry Party in the park event on Saturday, June 11th, 2022 from 2:30pm to 4pm. This event will give Blackburn youth a chance to get together with friends and peers and celebrate the imminent arrival of summer in the great outdoors in our great community!
  • Valentine’s Day Poetry Party in the Park
    by Maureen Forsythe BCA Youth Director On the afternoon of Saturday, February 12th, despite frigid temperatures, a few local youth in our neighbourhood gathered outdoors near the community hall to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the love of poetry, read and present poems, and have fun. All of the participants attend Emily Carr Middle School. The
  • Spring Poetry Prize / prix de poésie du printemps
    Despite the blowing snow, spring is (almost) in the air!  Local youth aged 10-14 are invited to channel their energy and creativity and submit an original and unpublished poem – in English or French – to the BCA’s Spring Poetry Prize Competition. The theme of this poetry contest is “finding beauty in unexpected places.”  Poems

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