Youth Programs

Youth Drop-in Programs

 

Youth Drop-in Program Details

 

BGC Greater Halifax Clubs offer a variety of youth drop-in programs to help youth ages 13-18 build positive relationships and skills for success. Our drop-in programs are designed to encourage youth to explore their interests and develop skills in areas such as healthy living, leadership, recreation, and community building. We offer a variety of activities such as sports, arts and crafts, music and drama, field trips, and more. Our experienced staff create a safe, inclusive environment for youth to have fun, make friends, and learn important life skills. Through these activities, we help young people build life-long memories, friendships, and a strong sense of community.

Dartmouth North – 60 Farrell Street

Drop-in operates from 6:30 – 8:30, Monday – Thursday

East Dartmouth – 50 Caledonia Road

Please stay tuned for more information.

Sackville – 45 Connolly Road

Please stay tuned for more information.

Spryfield – 11 Aldergrove Drive

Please stay tuned for more information.

Youth Outreach Programs

 

Youth Outreach Program Details

We offer programming for various ages and needs to support healthy youth development in Sackville, Dartmouth North, East Dartmouth and Cole Harbour. Services include:

  • Drop-in for youth to hang out with peers in a safer space to connect and get support.
  • Emergency response to help address significant risks and immediate crisis.
  • Outreach to meet youth where they are and where they feel most safe.
  • Support to navigate and interpret systems and services.
  • Referrals and linkages to better access diverse opportunities, resources and networks.
  • Family work to build relationships through support sessions for families and loved ones.

We offer 3 unique streams of programming:

Outreach (General)

Youth who are 16-24 years old experiencing risk factors, and who may, or may not be connected to Child Welfare programs.

Sexual Violence Prevention

Youth who are 12-19 years old and who are at risk of being subjected to or perpetrating sexual violence.

Youth in care

We accept referrals for youth 12-19 years old in the Minister’s care, including temporary and permanent care.

Here is what to expect:

Voluntary & Open Door. You get to decide how, when and if you want to participate in YOPs. Know that being involved in YOP is voluntary and you can change your mind. You can opt in or out of programming, you can take a break, or possibly change Youth Outreach Workers (YOW) or Service Providers. Know that your safety, feelings of safety, and well-being are important at all times.

Led by you. Your preferences will help decide which supports and services you receive. Know that you
are considered an expert in your own journey, that you are in the driver’s seat, and that the YOP supports and services are tailored to meet your individual needs. Having a great, collaborative partnership with your YOW is key.

What’s in it for you? YOPs offer a lot of different supports and services in the community. They have workers that support teens with all kinds of things; organizing fun activities, help finding jobs, developing new skills, finding housing, meeting new people, learning about and exploring yourself and relationships,
participating in community, and more.

For more information or to make a referral please contact: Reanna Macdonald, Director of Youth Programs at: Reanna.MAcdonald@bgcgh.ca or (782-414-0320)

Lead Up

 

Lead Up Program Details

Want to learn what it takes to be one of our Program Leaders? Our Lead Up 2.0 program is designed for youth to develop leadership, teamwork, and job skills. Whether assisting in our regular programming, helping at our BGC events, or engaging in service initiatives that address community needs, they will develop life and work skills, self-confidence, and self-efficacy, while discovering new opportunities.  

Participants will have access to interest-based incentives designed to further their leadership skills such as first aid and babysitting courses, swimming lessons, and other learning opportunities. 

Requirements: 

  • Must be between the ages of 12 and 16 years old. 
  • Must commit to 120 hours within the club. To complete 120 hours, volunteer opportunities are flexible and are available during our After School Programming, March Break, PD Days, and weekend events or other Club-related opportunities. 
  • Must enjoy engaging and playing with children!
Want to know more? Reach out to our Education Coordinator, abby.cenerini@bgcgh.ca for information on how to apply.

Learn On

 

Learn On Program Details

Learn On is an academic success and life skills after-school program for youth in grades 7–12. Youth in this program will focus on achieving academic and personal goals, as well as having the opportunity to explore personal interest opportunities, with the support of staff, volunteer tutors, and mentors.

We aim to encourage youth and support families by giving them free access to tutoring, technology, and a supportive environment.

Location: Dartmouth North

Mondays

3:00pm – 5:30pm (Junior High)

Wednesdays 

3:30pm – 5:30pm (Jr High & High School) 

6:00pm – 8:00pm (High School ONLY)

 

To register: BGCGH.ca

or for more information abby.cenerini@bgcgh.ca

Epic Youth Peer

 

Epic Youth Peer Program Details

BGCGH is excited to be partnering with EPIC Charity to offer tutoring services in the Sackville community.

Every Thursday from 2:45 – 3:45 pm, participants will enjoy games and activities after which, staff will provide nutritious snacks for the participants. Tutoring will take place from 3:45 – 4:45 pm, followed by a second nutritious snack. Mentoring will follow until 5:45 pm and will involve 1-to-1 games, group games, art, music, or physical activities. Throughout the 2 hour period from 3:45 – 5:45 pm, participants will remain paired with their volunteer for tutoring, snack, and mentoring activities.

Meet the Youth Staff Team!

Reanna Macdonald

Reanna Macdonald

Director of Youth Programs

Venita Fraser

Venita Fraser

Youth Outreach Worker (Dartmouth)

Terri Whyte

Terri Whyte

Youth Outreach Worker (Sexual Violence Prevention)

Kalima Izzard

Kalima Izzard

Youth Outreach Worker (Cole Harbour)

Rebeccah Lambie

Rebeccah Lambie

Youth Outreach Worker (Sackville)

Tyrell Johnson

Tyrell Johnson

Youth Drop-in Coordinator (Dartmouth North)

For more information or to make a referral please contact:

Reanna Macdonald, Director of Youth Programs at Reanna.Macdonald@bgcgh.ca or (782-414-0320)

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