The QWYC offers a wide variety of programs that cater to the interests and needs of our youth. Fun activities are also offered each evening.
We are continuously developing new entertaining and educational programming. As a youth-led centre, youth are involved in the development of each program and activity to ensure they would enjoy taking part in our programs and activities. See below for the programs we currently offer.
Mental Wellness runs once a week and focuses on educating youth about mental health and promoting self care, such as discussing depression/anxiety/ADHD; or conducting self care activities like making stress balls, practicing meditation and yoga.
Weekly summer trips at an affordable price for youth members. Trips may include: paddle boarding, Cobourg beach, Fort Henry, Ottawa Pride Parade, Warsaw Caves and Canada’s Wonderland.
Are you part of the LGBTQ2S+ community? An ally of the community? Join us Thursdays for our Spectrum meetings! Our group is dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe and inclusive space for our LGBTQ2S+ youth to hang out, learn, explore their identities, and foster new friendships with folx in the community.
Provides unique sports and recreation activities that promote exercise and creating healthy habits. Some experiences include: bubble soccer, roller blading and archery tag.
Our Youth Empowerment Program focuses on developing skills to run a small business! Participate in our summer BBQs or spend the summer working at our Mini Putt and Canteen at Centennial Park! Our newest YEP adventure includes our podcast “Off The Lawn” which is facilitated by our youth for the community.
Test out different science experiments at the centre! We love creating hands-on methods to create a variety of experiences for the youth such as: cause and effect, youth based hypothesis and astronomy.
We teach youth important cooking/ baking skills, how to make meals on a budget, meal planning, getting creative in the kitchen, and the importance of eating a well balanced meal and how we need food to fuel our bodies. This program provides youth with one meal each day the centre is open for in-person programs.
Fempowerment is for anyone who identifies as a girl between the ages of 12-18. This 10-week program, participants meet once a week and explore topics such as healthy relationships (with friends/family/romantic partners/with self/community/etc), self care, confidence, social media, health habits vs diet culture, and more! The goal of the program is that participants leave with higher self confidence and the skills to create and maintain healthy relationships in their lives. Fempowerment is achieved when participants leave the program feeling safe, strong and fierce.
Our Youth LYNK program helps youth find volunteer opportunities and give back within the community. YouthLYNK provides high school students with volunteer hours that are required to graduate from high school. In the past the QWYC has volunteered at the community gardens, our 40 hour famine project in 2019, and at several QWYC fundraisers. This program shows youth the importance of giving back and making connections within their community
Writer’s Society is an outlet where youth can let their imagination flow and build on ideas with peers. This program promotes literacy skills and creativity. Explores characters, plots, world building, poems and many facets of storytelling.
D&D runs weekly and allows youth to step into their own world of fantasy. Teaches important life skills such as math, literacy, teamwork, creative problem solving, social recognition/queues/etiquette, public speaking, and allows youth to take the lead while embarking on a quest and adventure while collaborating with other peers.
Get Crafty is our arts and craft program where youth have the chance to show off their artist skills. This program is only offered virtually at this time.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by homework? At the Quinte West Youth Centre we provide a homework help program from 3-4pm where staff and students will actively work towards assisting with your homework problems. During virtual you are able to request a time slot for homework help. Don’t be afraid to reach out, there is always someone happy to help at the Quinte West Youth Centre!
In partnership with United Way Simcoe Muskoka, Bridge to Hope is designed to support youth who are at risk of becoming homeless or are homeless by providing preventative support. This program offers FREE laundry services, food, basic necessities, personal hygiene products, clothing, shoes and cleaning supplies. This program was made possible by the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home Program.