Youth Gambling Awareness Program

Prevention begins with awareness.

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.

Our educational prevention programs raise awareness about gambling.

  • For youth aged 8-24 years old
  • Offer youth accurate information about gambling and develop the skills to make informed life decisions around risk-taking behaviours
  • Give youth access to community resources and other local service providers that can help them with a potential gambling problem
  • Provide interactive sessions for adults involved in young people's lives
  • Educational workshops for parents, teachers, health professionals, and other agencies and organizations
  • Referral to gambling treatment services
  • Community involvement and support

Free educational prevention programs

Together with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the YMCA believes educational awareness raising programs are essential to enhancing personal development and creating healthier communities.

Book an awareness-raising interactive session (ages 8-24)

Educational workshops for parents, teachers, health professionals, and educators play a key role in helping their students understand the signs of problem gambling. The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program offers a series of educational workshops/presentations including the new Health and Physical Education Curriculum. These interactive sessions:

  • Offer students accurate information about gambling and develop the skills to make informed life decisions around risk-taking behaviours
  • Create a general understanding of risk assessment and harm reduction strategies
  • Discuss possible consequences of, and decisions relating to gambling
  • Offer curriculum activities based on Ministry of Education requirements
  • Give participants access to community resources and other local service providers that can help them with a potential gambling problem
  • Provide interactive sessions for adults involved in young people's lives

The Youth Gambling Awareness Program (YGAP) is offered in 19 locations across Ontario. Please contact Youth Gambling Awareness Program Toll Free Directory 1-877-525-5515 or contact the youth outreach worker in your area to book a presentation or learn more about the program:

Durham (905) 903-5995
Toronto West (416) 303-9695
Toronto East (416) 627-9997
French GTA (416) 625-8388

For more information for Youth, please visit www.youthbet.com. For Parents, visit: www.parentbet.net.

For more information on our YGAP program download our brochure (PDF).

To learn more about YMCA Youth programs call 416-928-9622 or 1-800-223-8024 or contact us at memberservices@ymcagta.org