Youth Week Event Ideas

Youth Week Event Ideas

 

Here you will find several event ideas along with some how-to information about hosting an event in your school. Please note, many of these also work for organizations and businesses.

The great thing about a Youth Week event is that anything goes. Just make sure it is:

  • Appropriate for youth
  • Absent of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Held in a safe and neutral environment where all young people feel comfortable and welcome
  • Free or reasonably cheap

 

Promotional Ideas

 
In order to help you let your school and community know about the events you are holding for Youth Week, we’ve put together some ideas that you can use to promote your event and help spread the word about Youth Week!

  1. Hold a Youth Week Promo Booth (also a good alternative to having an event)
  2. Talk about it on the announcements
  3. Add it in the daily bulletin or newsletter at your school
  4. Put up posters throughout schools and in bathrooms
  5. Create Facebook  events or groups based on your YW plans
  6. Advertising on TVs in your cafeteria
  7. Advertising your event on the board in front of your school
  8. Talk to teachers to announce in class

 

Event Ideas

 

Youth Week Video Game Tourney

Show off your gaming skills! For those who are less athletically inclined, why not battle it out in the gaming world? This is could be an opportunity to transform a common individual pass-time into a friendly competitive social event! In the past events such as “Video gaming for a cause” can be another great way to engage youth.

Where would this event take place? School gym, cafeteria or classroom

How many volunteers would be needed to run this event? 5

What kind of games could you play?

  • MarioKart, Smash Bros, Street Fighter
  • DDR, Rockband, Guitar Hero

What supplies/materials would you need?

  • projector
  • screen or large white wall or smart board
  • various game consoles: Wii, Xbox, PlayStation, GameCube or kick it old-school with some classic Nintendo or Sega Genesis!
  • Controllers
  • sign-up sheet for a round robin style tourney
  • Chairs
  • Prize for winner

What are the event costs? The event costs are minimal because volunteers could likely donate the gaming equipment (controllers, consoles, games) for the competition. The TV/projector, it is likely you can borrow these from the school. If you were to include a prize, the cost will depend

Could this event be a fundraiser? Very possibly – You can charge a slight amount to enter the competition ($1 or $2), and the final prize for the winner will attract more people and give them motivation to sign up with their friends!
 

Youth Week Battle of the Bands 

Description: Do you play in a band? If so, this is the perfect event for your school! Showcase some live music and celebrate youth by holding a school-wide battle of the bands.

Where would this event take place? School gym or theatre

How many volunteers would be needed to run this event? 10+

What supplies/materials would you need?

  • Microphone and sound equipment
  • Band equipment
  • Stage and chairs for spectators

What are the event costs? Cost will depend on the sound equipment. Hopefully your school has most of it already.  If not, maybe you can get it donated.  Band equipment may be your biggest expense, likely youth will prefer to use their own equipment.

Could this event be a fundraiser? Yes – if you wanted it to be and students are willing to pay. There could be an entry fee for participants and/or you could sell tickets to watch the show. Or, maybe you want to make the event free so everyone can have fun and enjoy!
 

Youth Week Dance Competition 

Description: Who doesn’t love dance? danceHave individuals or groups showoff their abilities and compete in a school-wide dance off!

Where would this event take place? School gym, foyer, cafeteria or theatre

How many volunteers would be needed to run this even? 10+

What supplies or materials would you need?

  • Microphone and sound system
  • Stage and chairs for spectators

What are the event costs?  Cost will depend on the sound equipment available at your school, but should be minimal. A smaller stereo would likely suffice, and any large space could work.

Could this event be a fundraiser? You could charge a small fee for attending and donate the money to a charity of your choice. This event could also be free and just for fun.
 

Youth Week Bake Sale

Description: Home baked good are delicious any time of the year! That’s why bake sales are a hit at any school!

Where would this event take place? Main foyer of school, gym or cafeteria.

How many volunteers would be needed to run this event? 5 +

What supplies/materials would you need?

  • Tables to set up treats
  • Cash box and float
  • Cookies and treats

What are the event costs? If the volunteers bring in their own homemade cookies and treats, the event will have no cost except what money is required to make the cookies and treats at home.  If you decide to buy the cookies and treats, then there will be a higher cost.  Hopefully you can get students to make their own.  Another alternative is that you can have the foods class make some of the cookies and treats.

Could this event be a fundraiser? Yes – depending on how much you charge, the students could recover their costs if they plan to buy the cookies and treats. If they plan to make them, they can donate the money to a cause of their choice and maybe have a little left over.
 

Sandwich Making/Soup Donation

Description: Not a baker? Make a sandwich instead! sandwichAssemble sandwiches for those less fortunate and donate the sandwich trays or share the funds raised with an organization helping those in need. Make it a meal by donating ingredients and having the foods class prepare a large amount of soup for donation. Lots of Calgarians would be grateful for a soup/sandwich meal.

Where would this event take place? Cafeteria or Foods Studies room

How many volunteers would be needed to run this event? 10+

What supplies/materials would you need?

  • Sandwich ingredients (deli meats, cheese, mayo, mustard, lettuce optional)
  • plastic wrap or sandwich bags or reuse a loaf of bread bag for several sandwiches
  • a list of ingredients used
  • Soup ingredients (celery, carrot, onion, garlic, rice, barley, spices etc.)
  • Pots, ladles

What are the event costs? If there is a budget then the school club or a group of volunteers can go purchase the ingredients. Another option is to coordinate and have each volunteer contribute a different ingredient (bread, condiments, deli meat etc.). If participants donate ingredients, the event will have no cost to the school.  For the soup donation you could have the foods class make the soup from the donated ingredients.

Could this event be a fundraiser? Yes – depending on how much you charge, the students could recover their costs if they plan to buy the ingredients. If they plan to donate ingredients then there would be no cost besides the use of the Food class supplies/time.
 

Youth Week Clothing Swap

Description: Ever get tired of your wardrobe? If you have gently used bag-bow-clothes-clothing-rack-clutch-Favim.com-127282 items such as purses, bags, jackets, dresses etc. exchange them and get a taste of someone else’s style.  Students can bring in used items and then trade them at an exchange fair. You can organize the clothing in categories if you have enough submissions.

Where would this event take place? School gym (for bigger exchanges), foyer, or classroom (for smaller ones)

How many volunteers are needed to run this event? 6+ (bigger); 4+ (smaller)

What supplies or materials would you need?

  • Tables and Chairs
  • Drop-off, pick-up boxes
  • Hangers and clothing wracks
  • Garbage bags
  • Music, sound system (optional)

What are the event costs? Slim. The hangers and the clothing racks may cost some money, perhaps they could be borrowed or participants could bring in hangers with their exchange items.

Could this event be a fundraiser? You could possibly to charge a slight amount to raise funds, but it is best to keep it a fun event. If their are any left over items they could be donated to Good Will, Value Village etc.
 

Youth Week “Drive-In” Movie

Description: People can watch a movie at lunch time in school and enjoy popcorn as well. Or set up an outdoor screening after school in a park and invite the Calgary Food Trucks for an old school movie viewing experience!

Where would this event take place? School gym, big classroom or cafeteria. Or if outdoors then a park or in a parking lot of a white building.

How many volunteers are needed to run this event? 5+

What supplies or materials would you need?

  • Movie
  • Popcorn machine
  • Paper bags to fill with popcorn
  • Projector
  • Screen
  • Chairs

What are the event costs? Cost of popcorn + movie rental = $50-$65.   You can get the screen/TV/DVD player from your school, which will help to minimize costs! If outdoors, ask people to bring a blanket or their own lawn chair.

Could this event be a fundraiser? Yes, you could charge people for the popcorn or leave a donations jar on the popcorn stand.
 

Youth Week Sports Competition

Description: Have you ever wanted to create your own team and compete against others in your favourite sport? This event would be a great opportunity for students to stay active, get involved, have fun and fundraise all at the same time.  You could also try having a teachers vs students game!

Where would this event take place? School gym, outside in a field

How many volunteers would you need to run the event? 10+ (including referees and score keepers)

What are some of the sports/games you could participate in?

  • Volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Floor hockey
  • Frolf
  • Ping pong

What supplies or materials would you need?

  • Sign-up sheets
  • Supplies for whatever sport will be played

What are the event costs? The event costs are very minimal, because your school will likely have all the sports equipment needed for the competition.

Could this event be a fundraiser? Yes – tickets can be sold to students, parents and staff so that they can watch the fun!
 

Youth Week Pie Throw

Description: Have you ever wanted to get back at your teachers for all the homework they pile on you? This is your chance to get them back by throwing a pie in their face – but be nice, as they are still your teachers! Or up the anti by giving teachers the option to double your donation and send the pie BACK to YOU!

Where would this event take place? School gym or cafeteria.

How many volunteers would be needed to run this event? 5 +

What supplies/materials would you need?

  • Paper plates
  • Pies & Whipped cream
  • Table and chairs
  • Garbage bags
  • Paper towels

What are the event costs? Cost of pies plus raffle tickets = approximately $50 – $75.

Could this event be a fundraiser? Yes – charge students a dollar or two per pie. The more they purchase, the more pies they can throw at their teacher. Double a donation and send the pie back to the sender. A little little friendly competition can help raise funds and at least a few laughs :)