Youth Services

Overview

Youth Services offers a range of programs, activities and resources for children and youth between the ages of 10-24. This includes the Youth Centre, Indigenous Youth C.R.E.W., Peer to Peer Education and Programs for Newcomers. 

Please inquire directly with the program contacts below for more information or call CNH reception at 604-435-0323. For additional program information, visit www.cnhyouth.com and connect with the Youth team on Instagram @cnhyouth.

Programs & Services

All Genders Group

Taking a spin on the idea of a traditional Girls Group and Boys Group, All Genders is a weekly youth group for gender-diverse youth and their allies to come and learn about various topics in a safe and inclusive space. Each Tuesday, participants meet up and engage in activities and discussions on a wide range of topics, via a 2SLGBTQ+ lens. Throughout the year, the group will also work on 2SLGBTQ+ projects in and around the CNH community.

To learn more, contact Ry Forsythe at rforsythe@cnh.bc.ca.

Indigenous Youth C.R.E.W.

C.R.E.W (Culture, Recreation, Education and Work) is a free youth-led program that offers Indigenous youth aged 10-24 opportunities to participate in supportive social activities and cultural exploration. The program offers outdoor activities, canoe and water safety skills, leadership experience, increased cultural knowledge, and opportunities to socialize with Indigenous youth and adult role models.

To participate, contact Eileen Tann at 604-726-CREW (2739) or etann@cnh.bc.ca.

Information and Assistance

Need information, assistance or support? Want to learn about the programs and volunteer opportunities available to you in this community? We’re here to help!

Contact Sanjeev Karwal at 604-412-3844 or skarwal@cnh.bc.ca

Kids Kitchen (Ages 12 – 18)

Kids Kitchen is a free, online take-home cooking program. Participants pick-up a weekly ingredient boxes and learn to cook through online sessions with the program instructor.

Participation is limited. To register, contact Sanjeev Karwal at 604-412-3844 or skarwal@cnh.bc.ca or at 604-412-3844.

Peer 2 Peer Program

Peer 2 Peer is a youth-guided program aimed at improving the health and wellness of youth in Renfrew-Collingwood. Through a peer education and mentorship model, participants explore a wide range of health and wellness topics through a social justice lens, and develop the skills needed to share what they have learned with their peers and larger community. We hope to equip youth with the information, resources, support, and tools needed to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Contact 778-320-PEER (7337) or visit cnh.bc.ca/peered for additional information.

Leadership and Pre-Employment Youth Mentoring Group

Pre-employment training available for youth allows them to participate in volunteer opportunities, build life skills, and get support with resumes, cover letters, and employment planning.

For more information, contact Robert Moya at 604-435-0323 ext. 262 or rmoya@cnh.bc.ca. This program is funded by the National Settlement Program – Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada.

Windermere Community Schools Team

Our team works with community partner organizations to provide out-of-school-time programs at Windermere Secondary and our feeder elementary schools (Graham Bruce, Collingwood, Grenfell, Nootka, Norquay, and Renfrew). Programs include but are not limited to sports, literacy, arts and culture, food and nutrition, social emotional skills, environmental stewardship, global citizenship, and leadership development. Programs are low-cost, participation-based, and inclusive. 

Youth Centre (Ages 10-18)

Fridays and Saturdays, 4-8 pm

The Youth Centre offers a variety of activities for participants on Friday and Saturday evenings. This includes gym time and sports, art and crafts, wellness activities, co-operative games and volunteer skill development workshops. Due to capacity restrictions, advance registration may be required; please inquire for up-to-date information.

Cost: $10/year (Youth Centre membership)

For more information, contact Tanya Findlater at 604-435-0323 ext. 262 or tfindlater@cnh.bc.ca.

IMMIGRANT YOUTH SERVICES

We offer a variety of programs to help newcomer youth integrate into life in Canada.

All Girls Group
Saturdays, 2:30-4:30 pm

A fun, welcoming space creating an inclusive environment for young females dealing with patriarchal and misogynistic forms of oppression. Creating healthy relationships, group sessions, communication, discussions around cultural values, consent, boundaries, dating and more. Activities promote empowerment, being able to create bonds with other girls, develop life skills such as confidence, caring, character, social, emotional, and physical competence, and community contribution. 

Eligibility: Newcomer* immigrant girls ages 12 –18 years.  Registration is required.

Newcomers Preteens Mentorship Program

Runs weekly in Renfrew Elementary & Norquay Elementary School. Focusing on life skills building, practicing the English language and developing social skills through group dynamics. Spaces are limited to encourage social distancing and registration is required. 

Newcomer Programs for Pre-Teens

Free programs and activities are provided to youth new to Canada, to support building their connection with their new community. Programs are based at schools or at CNH.

For more information, call 604-435-0323 ext. 262, email Robert Moya at rmoya@cnh.bc.ca or contact Karen Caguioa at 604-657-9142 or kcaguioa@cnh.bc.ca. This program is funded by the National Settlement Program – Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada.

Newcomer Youth Sports & Fitness
Saturdays, 3-8 pm

Newcomer* youth are welcome to play, practice, and train with their peers at the CNH gymnasium (5288 Joyce St). This is a proven model to build self-confidence in youth and bring the community together through supervised sports and recreation. With a diverse group of youth, the young newcomer will learn to approach their experience of integration into Canadian society building a sense of belonging and developing an interest to fully participate. Our settlement team is trained to provide welcoming space and discipline assisting newcomer youth in their process of integration.

Youth Leadership & Skills Development

For newcomers high school students. We facilitate a professional development initiative every Thursday from 4 to 7 pm where we are able to offer focused support to high school students who are building their resume, employability skills, creating opportunities to gain work experience/volunteer hours, and give their free time to community connection initiatives.

One-to-One support from a Youth Settlement Worker is available for vulnerable youth to help newcomer* youth navigate needs related to school, finding employment, family, housing, health care, mental health supports, or other needs to help achieve their goals.

Youth Council
The CNH Youth Council offers youth an opportunity to be engaged leaders in their community. Members plan and organize community activities and projects and contribute to a community vision to support the health, well-being and development of youth.

Contact Sanjeev Karwal at 604-412-3844 or skarwal@cnh.bc.ca