Children and Youth

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DPNCHC’s Children and Youth Services

Where children 6 – 12, youth 13 – 17, and young adults 18 – 24  can get involved in projects that allow them to build skills, develop new friendships and connections, and contribute back to their community.

Here at DPNCHC children and youth can take free workshops, get involved in arts, cultural, and recreational activities, explore the city, and even benefit from job training. Projects like Youth Action Squad and Sassy are a great way to develop communication, leadership,  conflict resolution, and other skills, while Girls’ Night Out and Just Us Guys provide safe spaces to explore life issues through discussions, workshops, and creative arts. You can even access individual support through the Centre.

School year projects run from October to June and you need to apply in late September. Summer projects run in July and August and you need to apply in June. Apply by calling 416-656-8025.

 

March Break Camp

Summer Camp

 

Happening this fall: HERE4YOUth

HERE4YOUth (Health Empowerment Research and Education) is a youth-led initiative that seeks to engage and empower young community members, ages 13-24, in the Central West Toronto area. H4Y aims to engage young people in a participatory action research process to identify gaps and barriers in accessing sexual and mental health services.

H4Y was created thanks to the support of DPNCHC and a two-year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant of $140,100. Youth Peer Researchers will soon outreach and engage 70 youth volunteers residing in the DPNCHC catchment in an active and reflective research process. In this way, young community members are encouraged to act as researchers with the purpose of exploring their health needs, the barriers they face when accessing services and proposing strategies to impact service-delivery.

DPNCHC is incredibly grateful for this opportunity from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which will provide new avenues for community youth to work with their peers and community partners to collectively address issues they face.

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