We know that when we engage youth, we make a big impact on their lives. As an organization, we are committed to creating spaces and opportunities that support youth to reach their potential.
Giant Steps offers opportunities for young people to complete homework in a supportive environment, and also offers them the chance to learn about opportunities for further education or career guidance. Through Giant Steps, youth build knowledge and skills not only in academics, but also in communication and leadership.
The objective of the Lead UP project is to provide youth with opportunities to engage in service and volunteering initiatives that will address community needs and allow youth to develop life and employment skills as well as self-confidence and leadership abilities.
UPS Road Code
This state-of-the-art, interactive program is supported by the UPS Foundation and uses a combination of classroom instruction and virtual driving simulators to teach teens the safe driving code used by all UPS drivers. This program is offered once a month and is designed to prepare youth for road safety.
Take it Easy
Take It EASY (Empowerment and Self-Esteem for Youth) is a program that addresses the complex issues facing young people. The program aims to foster self-esteem and confidence in teens and pre-teens so they can make better decisions when dealing with the challenges they face. The program tackles the sensitive topics of self-esteem, gender and body image, sexuality, and violence.
TD School Cents
School Cents is a series of interactive, online learning modules where teens can learn about the costs and benefits of post-secondary education and the availability of student financial aid—all while increasing their financial education skills and planning for success.
Ages 15 – 18
CareerLaunch is a pre-employment program that gives youth an opportunity to develop vital job ready skills, access job hunting resources, discover how to align their interests with a future career, and explore a range of career options.
Community Youth Connections
The Community Connections Program for youth provides services to newcomers to encourage social, cultural and professional interactions to help them in their settlement journey to Canada. This is a registered program for Permanent Residents and Government Assisted Refugees.
*Program is run out of our Sherman Boys & Girls Club
For more information please call 905 544-0050.
ABACUS: Advancing Post-Secondary Access
ABACUS is funded through the Hamilton Community Foundation. The program focuses on improving the academic, community and environmental factors that most directly affect a student’s likelihood of continuing his or her education. The goal of the program is to improve high school graduation rates and access to post-secondary education, including trades and apprenticeship opportunities, by focusing on the middle-school years: Grades 6, 7, 8 and transition to 9. Students in ABACUS will participate in activities under the four pillars of the program which are: Academic Upskilling, Mentorship, Goal Setting and Incentives.
Flex Your Head
Flex Your Head was developed to help youth think about, talk about, and understand issues of mental health and wellness within a safe, fun, and welcoming environment. In an active, peer-based format, youth are given the knowledge, skills, and strategies to cope with stress and distress and promote positive mental health and wellness. Winter only. For youth aged 13+
Visit bgccflex.ca to learn more. Ages 13+
RBC Raise the Grade
Raising the Grade is a program for high school students to support them in successfully graduating and continuing to post-secondary. They have the opportunity to explore interests, receive homework support, connect with mentors and tutors, interact with peers and plan for their future. The program aims to provide young people with the skills, tools, and opportunities that will equip them to excel academically and secure their future success as productive, independent, and contributing members of society.
Old Navy ON the Job
Old Navy’s ON the Job #ONward program empowers the next generation with the real-world skills, training and jobs to make a difference in our communities and continue on a path forward to a brighter future. Their partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada focuses on programs and activities that promote service to community, leadership, workforce training and first job opportunities in meaningful and fun ways for thousands of youth across the country.
Centre Mall Youth Space
A chill, engaging space and programs specially programmed for high school age youth! Youth Drop In programming varies from cards, board games, arts, video games, movies & more!
For youth in Grades 9-12
Best Buy Grade 10 Scholarships
In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada and Best Buy Canada, we are pleased to offer assistance in helping youth apply to the Best Buy Grade 10 scholarship. This opportunity is eligible for Club members in grade 10 to support their successful completion of high school and enrolment in post-secondary education.