Are you a young person searching for answers to mind-boggling questions? If you are struggling to maintain friendships, relationships with your peers and parents, feeling disconnected from your community, your teachers, coaches, and other adults, then you are not alone. If you are questioning the meaning of life, striving to find joy, and finding your way in this world, don’t be discouraged; many other young people are going through this soul-searching period. That is what youth is all about. A time of self-discovery, learning from mistakes, and developing a path for yourself.
Maybe you would like to make a difference in the world, volunteer, finish school, find a job, travel, enjoy your youth. There are countless other young people like you who have similar dreams. Where do you start? Your adventure starts here with information on how you can be a part of a growing movement of young people who are on their way to fulfilling their dreams.
We have designed this page just for YOU(th) to share some of the opportunities that could set you on your path to becoming the person you were meant to be. As you scroll through the pages, think of how you could participate as a group member, a youth mentor, an intern, or a volunteer. This is about YOU(th)!
Best foot Forward
The Best Foot Forward program offers young girls the opportunity to increase their social skills in order to be ready for life. This group explores topics related to etiquette, self-esteem, career choices and relationship building. The Best Foot Forward program is an 8-week journey of self discovery for girls ages 12-18, and their mothers to discover how their choices impact their future. Participants will engage in cultural activities, visiting museums, colleges and restaurants.
Professional community women serve as mentors and provide guidance in the following areas:
· Improving self-concept
· Career options
· Higher education
· Etiquette and social graces
· Healthy relationships
· Being a whole person: body, mind and soul
step on up
The Step On Up program offers young men the opportunity to share their experiences as they journey from adolescence to manhood. Boys ages 12-18 and their fathers meet for 8 weeks with community mentors to discuss how their
decisions and actions impact their lives. Participants will engage in cultural activities, visiting museums, colleges and restaurants.
The group members explore topics including:
· Character development
· Career choice
· Self image
· Decision making
· Managing masculine emotions
· Healthy relationships
· Responsible manhood
Youth Leadership Development
Youth Leadership includes youth voice, youth participation, youth civic engagement, youth decision making, and youth empowerment. The Youth Leadership Development Program supports youth as leaders and provides skill building opportunities so that youth are productive and connected citizens who make meaningful contributions to society.
At the end of the 8-week period, having mastered knowledge and skill in these areas, youth will complete a community service project.
· Time Management
· Project Management
· Problem Solving
· Conflict Resolution
· Financial Literacy
· Community Leadership
Youth on the move
We all know about the importance of having a positive attitude, but what about a “leadership attitude”? Just as anyone can choose to have a positive attitude, anyone can learn to have a leadership attitude. With a leadership attitude, youth leaders will take action to address matters that affect them. No need to sit around on the sidelines. Youth can learn about themselves while learning to lead.
Youth on the Move is a youth-led group that helps young people to develop a leadership attitude. Youth will meet monthly to discuss topics relevant to their everyday lives and will take action to make a difference in their communities. As a result, youth will:
· Feel more confident when engaging in public speaking
· Manage conflicts without engaging in violent acts
· Get better grades
· Do more extracurricular activities
· Like having others see them as part of the solution, not part of the problem
· Care more about doing positive things in their community
· Show more interest in continuing their education upon graduating from high school
ready4 life somd
Ready4Life-SOMD – Youth ready for work, college and life
Are you a high school student in Grade 11 or 12 wondering what comes after high school? Or maybe you have already left school, you are age 18-24 and you are wondering what next? If you are at the crossroads, seeking direction, wondering which door you should walk through, then the Ready4Life-SOMD program is for you.
You and a group of your peers will meet weekly for 8 weeks to take a deep dive into this period of transition. A youth mentor will guide you as you focus on topics related to:
· Developing healthy habits
· Managing your emotions
· Conflict resolution
· Community participation
· Political activism
· Career development
· College preparation
· Life skills development
You will have opportunities for job shadowing, connecting to college admissions offices, exploring summer and other internships, and building your own portfolio and network. This is your first step to moving on to adulthood. It’s all about YOU(th).