KickStart After-School Program
This after-school and summer program for children and youth ages 7 to 18, offers homework assistance, games, sports, arts and crafts, comedy, theatre, cooking and kick-boxing sessions, as well as mentoring and leadership development for older youth.
Children and youth are given the opportunity to express themselves through movement in the KickStart after-school recreation program. The participants of this program play and practice through sports, outdoor play, play-acting, or activities of their choice.
Each week, KickStart After-School program offers kids a wide variety of clubs to join based on their interests. We have board games, jewellery making, arts and crafts, computers and coding, imaginative play clubs and much more! These clubs give kids the opportunity to build positive relationships with their peers, mentors, volunteers and staff.
Celebrating Canadian diversity, each week the Kick Start participants examine a different culture through food, language, art and traditional dress.
Arts and Crafts
To foster creativity, imagination and give children and youth a sense of accomplishment, KickStart participants are given a large selection of supplies to create things like cards, posters, picture frames, mini-stories, comic strips, and banners for celebrations.
An opportunity for children and youth to watch movies that might provide a glimpse into history, exposure to different cultures, a look at stories they might not gravitate towards, a jump-start conversation on a difficult subject matter or just provide them with much needed “down time”.
Leader-in-Training Program (LIT)
The Leader-in-Training program for kids ages 10-13 who are eager for more responsibility. Participants will plan events in the community, attend life-skills workshops, and assist with the KickStart After-School program by helping with homework, preparing healthy snacks and planning activities.
KickStart Summer Camp
This summer camp is a fun and safe place where children and youth can make new friends and enjoy many different indoor/outdoor activities, such as; soccer tournaments, baseball tournaments, scavenger hunts, dance competitions, swimming, trips to the beach, yoga, relay races, painting, and much more. Through these activities, children and youth can express themselves, learn leadership, social skills, and most importantly have fun.
KickStart Crew Cooking Program
KickStart Crew Cooking Program is free and open to youth ages 13 to 18 every Monday at Crescent Town Club. Over ten weeks, participants will learn new recipes, the basics of kitchen safety, explore different ingredients, earn their food handlers certificate and plan an event for their community.
KickStart Crew Youth Council & Drop-In
KickStart Crew Youth Council & Drop-In provides a safe space to connect with peers, gain experience with their interests, obtain certifications if available and make decisions on their own program activities. Participants will gain experience in event planning, community engagement, video production and will plan exciting projects to benefit their community. The KickStart Crew Youth Council is at the Crescent Town Club on Wednesday & Friday, every week for youth ages 13 to 18.
Youth Outreach Workers Program (Y.O.W.)
Youth Outreach Workers work one-to-one with youth and their families to access and navigate resources, and to connect with support in the community. Y.O.W. also collaborates with many other partners to organize activities and events for youth.
Youth Job Link
Youth Job Link helps youth, including students, between the ages of 15 to 29 who face barriers to employment benefit from some extra help to plan their careers and transition to the labour market. Youth Job Link services include:
- Career exploration services to support career decision-making and provide job search assistance
- Career management services to improve readiness for employment
- Job search, job readiness and job matching assistance to connect with employment opportunities, including summer jobs
Youth Works is a twelve-week program for youth looking for work experience.
Over the twelve week period, the Youth Works program offers an hourly wage during the four weeks of in-class, pre-employment training and eight-week work placement. WHIMS, CPR and First Aid training is provided.
- 15 to 30 years old
- Out of school
- High school diploma or less
- Eligible to work in Canada
- Not working
- Not receiving Employment Insurance (EI)
- Able to attend program hours of Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.