YOUR NEWS: Aurora Youth Expo set for Saturday

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AURORA | At the Aurora Youth Expo on June 22, youth and families can explore how to have a safe and healthy summer by learning about job opportunities, summer programs and community resources while enjoying a bite to eat and fun activities.

Thanks to the generosity of community sponsors, at least $15,000 worth of passes to Aurora recreation centers will be handed out to Aurora youth in attendance.

The Aurora Youth Expo is a free event featuring:

• Free food for youth (while supplies last)

• 3-on-3 basketball tournament

• Youth talent stage

• Career opportunities

• Information sessions on mental health first aid, cybersecurity and more

It all takes place at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Community groups and businesses with available resources for youth, especially teens, will have booths set up on the Great Lawn, while educational sessions from Aurora Mental Health Center, the Aurora Police Department and more will go on inside the Aurora Municipal Center. Trade groups will be on hand with interactive displays such as scoreboard instruction, toolbox construction, virtual painting and welding games and an excavation demo.

The Aurora Youth Expo is coordinated by the city’s Community Relations Division, the Aurora Key Community Response Team and the Aurora Community of Faith. Key sponsors include Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek Schools and the Aurora Mental Health Center.

“At a recent meeting of the Aurora Key Community Response Team, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz challenged the community to connect our youth with things to do and activities that encourage a safe summer,” said Claudine McDonald, manager of Aurora’s Community Relations Division. “When we started turning that challenge into the Aurora Youth Expo, I was overwhelmed to learn of all the different resources and opportunities that exist in Aurora for our youth. We want this event to show our youth all the positive ways to spend their time this summer.”

For more information, go to AuroraGov.org/YouthExpo.