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Youth Activities

Collingwood Youth Services provides a fun, safe and positive environment for youth aged 8-18 to experience new and exciting activities and programs. For more information please contact CNH at info@cnh.bc.ca or 604-435-0323.

Youth Centre

The drop-in Youth Centre is open from 4-9 pm Fridays and 4-8 pm Saturdays. Youth can participate in a wide variety of activities including gym games, computer lab, video games, foosball, table tennis, cooking classes, homework assistance or just hang out. Staff are on hand to supervise and help with any youth related issues or challenges that participants may have. Ages 10-18. Youth Centre membership ($10 per year) is required.

Buddy Program

The Buddy Program is an afterschool program to help immigrant youth adjust to their new surroundings. It runs during the school year at Carleton, Graham Bruce, Grenfell and Renfrew Elementary Schools and at Windermere Secondary School.

Kids’ Kitchen

Date: Fridays
Time: 6-8 pm
Cost: Youth Centre membership ($10 per year) is required.
This program allows youth to build their skills in the kitchen. Participants learn healthy recipes, cooking techniques and use fresh ingredients from CNH’s community garden.

Badminton Drop-in

Drop-in Badminton is offered on Thursdays from 5-6:45 pm for youth aged 14-18. Participants must bring their own racquets. The cost is $1 per drop-in.

Basketball Drop-In

Youth aged 16-plus are invited to drop by CNH on Fridays, from 8:30-10 pm to participate in some half-court basketball. The cost is $2.50 per drop-in.

Saturday Fun Group – Newcomer Youth

Newcomer youth can use our resources in the gym, kitchen, multipurpose room (unless it is unavailable due to rental), and family room every Saturday from 12:30-4:00 pm. The group offers facilitated/ planned/organized activities where youth have the opportunity to  socialize and connect with other youth in the community and create new friendships, as well as a safe respectful environment where our similarities and differences are embraced and appreciated. Youth ages 10-19 can bring their friends and family to access our services and available networks. This group places emphasis on participation, inclusivity, and most importantly having fun through healthy outlets such as sport, cooking, and music. This program’s goal is to empower newcomer youth with life skills and provide them with what they need to become active leaders in our community.

GYM/SPORTS

Our activities in the gym are organized and facilitated by our trained employees who specialize in coaching and sport recreation. Activities in the gym will vary week to week but will be influenced by a vote and what generates the most interest among the youth that day. All skill levels and ages will be catered to and we will provide an unintimidating setting where youth can practice and develop sport skills that are new to them.

Common sports that will be played are:

-basketball                                               -soccer                                  -floor hockey

-volleyball                                                -badminton

KITCHEN/COOKING

Our activities in the kitchen usually occur around 2:00pm after we’ve spent some time in the gym. With our staff assistance, many of the foods we prepare will be lead and prepared by the youth participants. Generally, ingredients will be provided and available prior to the start of each Saturday.  We have our community rooftop garden at hand and many of our fresh ingredients will be harvested right before they will be used. Our goal is to place an importance on making healthy choices, providing valuable knowledge about nutrition, and trying new foods from different cultures around the world.  Our Community Connections and Development Department provides resources, knowledge, and support to ensure that our goals are met and incorporated in our kitchen component.

MULTIPURPOSE ROOM/FAMILY ROOM/OTHER

Collingwood Neighbourhood House has a family room as well as a multipurpose room (unless it is rented out) available every Saturday. These places are utilized for gathering and socializing, musical related activities (singing, dancing, playing instruments), and for the various workshops which will take place throughout the year. Workshops are based on topics related and applicable to youth such as time/stress management, leadership skills, and bullying/racism.

Field Trips and Activities outside of CNH

Our Saturday Fun Group goes on field trips and participates in events outside of Collingwood Neighbourhood House as well. Community functions, youth conferences, and offsite gatherings at different locations throughout the city are the types of outings you can expect throughout the year.

Questions related to the Saturday Fun Group and Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s youth settlement services can be answered by Robert Moya at 778-708-9533.

Spread the Paint

Collingwood Neighbourhood House introduces a new program supported by the City of Vancouvercalled Spread the Paint. This program provides paint and supplies to youth volunteers who work together to provide free graffiti removal for local homes and businesses.

Night Hoops Basketball League

Night Hoops is a late night basketball league that runs from December through April. This program is designed to encourage healthy life choices for youth, through the context of a pro-social, late-night basketball program. CNH is host to all three divisions: Senior Boys, Junior Boys and Junior Girls. Look for more information at www.nighthoops.ca

Youth Media

This is a youth-led organization that’s committed to improving the image of youth in the community, providing training in various media skills and connecting youth to the wider community. Look for further information at www.youthmedia.ca

I Can Choose, We Can Choose – Peer Education Program

The Peer Education Program works in conjunction with Windermere Secondary School and its family of schools. Youth will have an opportunity to work on topics such as but not limited to drug and alcohol misuse, homelessness, racism, anti-homophobia and sexual exploitation. The program focuses on involving peers teaching peers about such issues and providing information and tools to help them make healthy decisions. Youth will gain presentation and leadership skills as well as awareness of social issues. For assistance, please contact Peer Education Co-Coordinators Harpreet Gill and Vive Wong at 604-435-0323 Ext. 277. Look for further information at http://cnhpeered.wordpress.com

Collingwood Aboriginal Youth C.R.E.W. (Culture, Recreation, Education, and Work)

Collingwood Aboriginal Youth C.R.E.W. (Culture, Recreation, Education, and Work) is a youth led program that offers Aboriginal youth opportunities to participate in traditional canoeing in the large Northern Dancer canoes. The program offers healthy, outdoor activities, building canoe and water safety skills, increasing cultural knowledge and canoe protocols as well as socializing positively with Aboriginal youth and adult role models. Through these activities the focus is on Aboriginal youth between the ages of 12 to 24, to learn new skills, enhance their leadership roles, encourage them to lead program activities and become more involved in community life. For more information please contact the coordinator Jillian Hildebrand at  604-435-0323 Ext. 265.