National Youth Week May 1 to 7, 2020

This year our theme at the YMCA is #separatedonlybydistance, and we have lots coming the pipe over this next week! Watch our social channels for virtual youth activities, learning opportunities and connections all week long!

Calendar of Events:

Saturday, May 2
Instagram Challenge #separatedonlybydistance – Enter to win a $25 gift card! Watch our Instagram for details.

Monday, May 4 – 2:30 p.m.
Employment workshop “Making Sense of Canadian Emergency Response/Employment Insurance benefits for youth”.
Join the Zoom call here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83331275472

Tuesday, May 5 – 2:30 p.m.
Employment workshop “I am a student looking for a summer job. What employment programs are available to me?”
Join the Zoom call here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84343547649

Wednesday, May 6 – 2:30 p.m.
Employment workshop “Effective virtual job searching for youth.”
Join the Zoom call here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88226425646

Thursday, May 7 – 7 p.m.
Virtual Campfire – Join us on Zoom for a Virtual Campfire! Have a campfire to share or a skit or silly story?  While everyone is welcome to join the campfire, if you’d like to share or host a segment during the live event, email summercamps@oakville.ymca.ca before end of day Wednesday, May 6.


We all have tremendous potential inside us.

YMCA Youth Engagement programs are designed to help you explore and tap into your potential — one step at a time. Along the way, you’ll learn skills, share ideas, gain mentors, discover opportunities, and have plenty of fun.

YMCA Youth Leadership

YMCA Youth Leadership programs provide youth with the opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills, learn more about themselves, and about giving back to their community.

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Aquatics Youth Leadership

Aquatics Youth Leadership will develop your young swimmer’s leadership skills, work on aquatic techniques, promote fitness and create lasting relationships that will contribute to participants’ future endeavors in an aquatic setting.

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Youth Action

Youth Action is made up of three different components and are offered throughout the region: School Programs, Friday Night Drop-ins , and Dances. Programs provide youth with the opportunity to develop assets that will help them become healthy adults, and give them the foundation to make positive life choices.

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Youth Club

Youth Club is a registered program designed around the principles of personal wellness, healthy living and nutrition. Youth Club is an after school program offered at two schools within the Niagara region for youth in grades 3 to 6. The program is open to students attending the school.

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Youth Sports

The YMCA is a place where youth come to play for the love of the game. We give your child an opportunity to develop their volleyball, basketball, or soccer skills in a fun, supportive and co-operative environment.

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Youth Gambling Awareness Program

Youth Gambling and Awareness Program (YGAP) is a free service to assist youth between the ages of 8 and 24 to identify and deal with potentially addictive behaviours like gambling.

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