Youth Programs, Experiences & Opportunities

Youth Programs, Experiences & Opportunities

Keystone Club (BGCC Leadership Development) 

The Keystone Club is Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada National Leadership Development program for youth 14 to 18 years of age.  Keystone provides youth with the knowledge ad skills to make positive choices in their lives as well as a place to use their creative skills to make a difference in the Club and their community.  Youth are involved in the following five core areas:

Leadership

Teamwork

Healthy Choices

Service to Club

Community and Learning for Life

Skilled4Success/Trades


This program teaches young Canadians about the skilled trades, provincially-regulated apprenticeship programs and career planning.  Whether through job skills training, networking opportunities with skilled trades professionals or job-shadowing, S4S/Trades provides information and challenges misconceptions about the skilled trades and encourages youth to consider them as a viable option for a future career choice.

Skilled4Success/Hospitality - CARA

This program is a pre-employment program that assists youth to develop the skills and competencies needed to work in the hospitality industry.  Completion of the S4S/Hospitality certificate will help youth increase their chances of success when seeking employment in the hospitality sector, where most youth find their first job.

Change the World - Youth Volunteer Program (Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration)

Volunteers play a vital role in building civil society in Ontario.  The CTW program was created in response to the province's declining rate of volunteers.  The program reflects the governments commitment to support the not-for-profit (NFP) sector by enhancing the sector's volunteer base through the engagement of youth in volunteer activities.

Club youth engaged in Club Leadership Development programs actively engage in structured volunteer experiences and opportunities with 12 community organizations over a 12 month period.  This project will:

Introduce youth to the need to support local community groups and services; 

Introduce youth to the positive and lasting impacts of volunteering; 

Introduce youth to a variety of community services and resources; 

Introduce youth to a variety of job and career opportunities; 

Introduce youth to goal setting, reflection, evaluation and outcome measurements; 

Introduce experiences that will support job readiness and career exploration; 

Introduce youth to training that is reflective of current employment requirements and 

Encourage youth to embrace volunteering as a life-long opportunity and commitment.

BGCB Youth Council

Youth Council members are ambassadors who influence decisions relating to issues impact Club members at the Club:

1) They identify interests, ideas or issues,

2) They create potential solutions,

3) They are given access to the Club decision makers, and

4) They collaborate with the Club to create solutions and/or change

Youth Council members provide the Club with valuable feedback on current programming, make recommendations for new programs based on interests and/or needs, collect relevant member data and are engaged with our community (e.g. focus groups, youth voice, youth wellness, etc.)

Ontario Youth Action Plan - Youth Mentorship Program

The purpose of the Youth Mentorship Program (YMP) is to support the positive development of high-risk youth through access to consistent, caring adults who will support youth participants to pursue and achieve goals and outcomes related to:

1) Employment/entrepreneurship

2) Educational achievement and/or

3) Civic engagement/leadership

The YMP supports program participants through the provision of mentorship opportunities, to make health and safe choices , increase resiliency and make progress toward identified goals.

The Club is the lead organization in the development and execution of the YMP, however has strong community & service delivery relationships with Woodview Mental Health & Autism Services, Why Not Youth Centre and YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services.  

Collectively the YMP is able to provide mentors, guidance, resources and supports to over 175 youth annually in our community.    

Provincial & National Youth Engagement

We know that when we engage youth we make a big impact on their lives.  Nationally, provincially and locally we are committed to creating spaces and opportunities that support youth to reach their potential.

Provincial Youth Council - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's Provincial Youth Councils (PYC) provide youth with an opportunity to bring their voice, creativity, lived experiences and leadership to their Clubs and their youth peers.  PYC youth develop their leadership skills, support and help guide youth program development and bring youth perspectives to BGC governance and public policy.

National Youth Council - The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada National Youth Council (NYC) is committed to providing representation for Boys and Girls Club youth, reflecting issues and goals from across the country and ensuring youth input into national initiatives and activities.  NYC members serve as ambassadors and role models for other children and youth throughout the organization, positively influence decision-making on issues related to young people, and plan a national youth forum every two years.

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