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Vol.2 Issue 2

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w w w . y o u t h c e n t r e s c a n a d a . c o m 14 Y outh Centres pride themselves on their after school programs. These programs provide a safe and supportive environment for youth to build positive relationships with staff and other youth, gain valuable life skills, develop confidence, overcome barriers, get help with school work and even have a snack or two. The Boys & Girls Club of Yukon (BGCY) Teen Drop-In Centre program is one of such programs. Duncan Johnstone, the executive director of the BGCY, has provided us with a unique glance at their Teen Drop-In program. The BGCY prides themselves on committing to the core values of Boys & Girls Clubs across Canada: Belonging, Respect, Encouragement & Support, Working Together, and Speaking Out. These values, along with their zero bullying tolerance, help ensure that all youth are welcome and encouraged to feel at home at the BGCY. Mr. Johnstone takes great pride in the success of their Teen Drop-In Program. He says: "Our teen programs are based on four programming pillars; Community Stewardship, Healthy Active Lifestyles, Employment/Education and Arts/Culture Heritage. Through these four pillars we work to help youth find an identity for themselves, while also providing them with new opportunities. With the help of both local and national partners, we are always pushing to try new things, support new interests, and give youth a safe place to be." Indeed, this program is something to be proud of. When they attend, youth have access to the BGCY's music centre, computer centre, snacks and meals, entertainment centre, and many other programs and activities that are provided. The doors open at 3p.m., and teens are able to use the few hours after school to de-stress, socialize, and complete their homework with one-on-one support from one of the centre's Teen Program Area Leaders. There is even an employment centre available, an amazing resource for youth who are looking for an after school job. Their evening programs are even more exciting, providing youth with a chance to discover and refine their skills with various activities and workshops. These include video game design, carving, learning an instrument, writing and illustrating, and many more activities that help build life skills and confidence. The BGCY even provides personal support to those who may be unsure where their interests lie. An Inside Peek at the Boys & Girls Club of Yukon Teen Drop-In Centre By Victoria St.Michael

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