Youth Programs

Support you can count on and connections that get you ahead.

New friends, new skills, counselling – you can find it all and more at your YMCA. Our youth programs are specifically designed to help you achieve your goals, or help you get your life back on track.

Your YMCA has what you need, whatever your circumstances.

  • Training and mentorship to help you become a community leader
  • Exchange programs to help you experience more of Canada
  • Build self-esteem and gain confidence at Teen Nights
  • Counselling, support and housing to help you overcome life challenges
  • Alternative education programs tailored to your needs

Choose from exciting programs that help you get ahead

At the YMCA Academy, we know that all students have their own learning styles. That’s why we offer an alternative learning experience for high school students interested in an interactive, experience-based learning process.

Our YMCA Youth Leadership Programs help you develop your leadership potential and provide you with opportunities to learn, grow and make contacts. If you’re new to Canada, then the Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program (NYLD) is ideal for you!
Hang out with friends, shoot some hoops, or get involved in interesting workshops and discussions where you can learn new skills and speak your mind. Teen Nights, at the YMCA provides a safe space for teens to socialize, get support and take part in fun activities.

The YMCA has been providing housing and shelter for youth for decades. Whether it is family problems, trouble with the law or being locked out of the house, we’ll help you stay warm and safe, and get you the help that you need.

The YMCA Digital Skills Youth Internship Program (DSYIP) offers fully subsidized internships for 16 weeks to unemployed/underemployed post-secondary graduates under the age of 30 across Canada.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for help with substance use and misuse problems, our counsellors are there to help show how to practice safely and make healthier choices.

The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program is a free service offering educational prevention programs designed to raise youth awareness with regards to gambling, healthy/active living and making informed decisions.

Join one of our YMCA exchanges to experience and learn more about the different communities that make up our great country, all while making connections with youth in other parts of Canada.