Every school day YouthNet staff and volunteers deliver 24 healthy and hearty lunches to students at Joseph Howe Elementary School, then stay to volunteer at the school during the students' lunch break. Many of the lunches are provided by our dedicated volunteers and packed into individual bags by YouthNet staff. We tailor our meals to meet the children’s taste, while ensuring they get the nutrition they need. The children are selected based on recommendations from the school administration to make sure that the food goes to those who need it most.
"Thank you everyone for making YouthNet what it is now"
- Kristopher, age 9
Children are welcomed to YouthNet after-school every school day throughout the year. There they find a warm welcome, friendship, a place to feel safe, snacks and exciting programs to build their knowledge and creativity. Our regular activities include art, music, cooking, dance, sports and science. We strive to provide our participants with activities that challenge them to try things outside of their comfort zone.
YouthNet's teen program runs every Tuesday and Thursday. These afternoons consist of creative activities, team building workshops, discussion on mental health and self-care, group outings, and special guests. The day ends with a meal that the youth and leaders cook together. In the summer a canoe trip is offered for the teens at Kejimkujik.
A number of our participants in the teen program help out during the after-school program as junior leaders. These incredible youth are role models to the younger children and help lead activities.
YouthNet summers consist of a mix of themed day camps and overnight wilderness camping trips. Day camps include art, writing, science and music and theatre. YouthNet organizes a 6 day hiking trip every year at Cape Chignecto for 10 to 13 year olds and a 5 day canoe trip for youth aged 13 and up. YouthNet summers are filled with fun and excitement and our youth look forward to the camps all year round.