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YTP offers youth a safe, supportive, non-judgmental community to learn about available community services, to meet new friends and participate in fun activities, find a place to stay when needed, find a part-time, full-time or summer job, or need help building a résumé.
Accessing YTP Services
Participants are paired with a youth advisor to complete an intake questionnaire that helps to identify the areas in the participant’s life that need support. Once completed, youth utilize one-to-one support and/or participate in several program groups (listed below).
YTP One-To-One Support
Work with a youth advisor on an ongoing basis and create a plan to move life in a positive direction. Most importantly, youth advisors are available when participants just need someone to talk to. Youth advisors provide free supportive counselling, community referrals, advocacy services, life-skills workshops and job-search assistance.
Youth advisors can provide free in-depth information to groups of youth at schools, group homes, libraries or agencies. Presentations focus on issues and information that affect youth in their transition into adulthood. These presentations can be on a topic of the group’s choice such as healthy relationships, self-esteem, anger management, bullying, etc.
All aspects of YTP are available for individuals and groups to access at no charge. Youth advisors are flexible to meet youth at a public location close to home, school or work. Additionally, YTP one-to-one support and programming is available in various schools, community agencies and all YMCA locations [link to locations].
Urban Life Skills Program
Designed for struggling youth who want to make a change while still attending school, work, or a day program. This group meets once per week during after-school hours and focuses on self-esteem, anger management, healthy relationships, communication and more.
Being an adult can be challenging. This program is designed to help youth develop the strategies to meet those challenges and successfully transition into adulthood. Participants will examine and learn various strategies and techniques for improving their financial literacy, learning how to navigate housing, and improving job search skills. This workshop is primarily geared towards youth up to 19 years of age, who would like to better prepare themselves for entering the next chapter of their lives.
The goal of our Rec. Nights program is to introduce youth to recreational activities they may not normally get to experience. This free program meets once per week during after-school hours and provides an entertaining and safe place where youth are able to participate in new activities and make friends.
This is a registered, one to one, and flexible workshop that examines various strategies and techniques for recognizing and managing anger. Throughout the eight weeks, participants go through the stages of the anger cycle and what this looks like in their personal lives, thereby enabling them to recognize signs of anger and manage it.
This team of outstanding young leaders is very connected to the Youth Transitions Program and our community in a variety of ways, from assisting in the rec schedule planning to planning and fundraising for our national exchanges. Throughout the year, they grow their leadership skills and are a strong presence in the YMCA culture. It requires a lot of commitment and participants are
SKY High is a fun outdoor adventure and leadership program that provides an environment in which youth can build the healthy social skills that help develop personal, academic, and career potential. Youth will participate in workshops and fun activities that may include hiking, mountain biking, rope courses, camping and canoeing. The program works to address barriers to success through group and individual activities.
For general information or referrals contact:
Muna Abougoush, Youth And Outreach Program Supervisor
YMCA Welcome Village
9538 103A Avenue
Edmonton AB T5H 0J3
Phone: 780 426-9622
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Calling all Youth!
Come volunteer with the YMCA! As a charity, the YMCA relies on it's volunteers to help us provide community program support. Our youth volunteer opportunities include programs like Leaders in Training (LITs), Counsellors in Training (CITs), Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and Young Leaders Advisory Council (YLAC).