Youth Programs

BGC Durham is pleased to offer a variety of programs designed specifically for the diverse needs of youth ages 12 – 21. With focuses ranging from academic help, leadership programs, social opportunities and sports, we have a program to help every young person experience new opportunities.

Feedback & Suggestions

Have an idea for a program that you don’t see listed here?

Please send any suggestions to info@bgcdurham.com

Youth Justice

Beyond our regular programs, we’re proud of the initiatives by our Youth Justice department.

1. Ball at the Centre

icon-clock Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Timing: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
icon-children Ages: 13 – 18
icon-location-pin Address: Northview Unit – 150 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa
Description

Join us on the court three days a week to shoot some hoops with other youth. This is a great opportunity to get active while making some new connections in a fun, supportive environment. This program is suitable for youth ages 13 – 18.

For more info, contact us

2. Youth Room

New! Starting September 25 join us in the Youth Room Monday – Thursday!

icon-clock Monday – Thursday!
Timing: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
icon-children Ages: 13 – 18
icon-location-pin Address: Northview Unit – 150 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa
Description

BGC Durham is excited to offer this brand new space designed specifically for youth engagement. Featuring a number of activities to support youth, our Youth Room is the perfect place to play games, spend time with friends and meet your peers. Some highlights of our Youth Room (according to our youth) are the Nintendo Switch, PS5, pool table, and foosball table. Our Youth Room is open to all youth ages 13 – 18.

Gratitude Note: BGC Durham is grateful for the support of Jay’s Care and their Gamechangers Grant. It is thanks to their generous contributions that we were able to make our much-anticipated Youth Room a reality. Thank you.

Schedule

Youth Room Schedule

For more info, contact us

3. Teen Zone

Starting October 2!

Description

Youth are invited to experience our brand new Teen Zone at our Eastview Unit! With three areas to choose from — Chill Zone, Games Zone and Sports Zone — there is fun for every teen to discover!

Chill Zone
icon-clock Mondays
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
icon-location-pin Address: Eastview Unit – Gamesroom

 

Join us in the Gamesroom for a special event and enjoy some tasty treats!

Games Zone
icon-clock Tuesdays
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
icon-location-pin Address: Eastview Unit – Fun Room

 

Do you want to enjoy some fun games and activities while spending time with peers? Then Games Zone is for you! join us in the Fun Room for pool, foosball, PS4 and Wii games!

Sports Zone
icon-clock Thursdays
6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
icon-location-pin Address: Eastview Unit – Gym

 

Get active in a wide range of athletics in Sports Zone! Participants will join us in the gym for a variety of sports, including basketball, Spikeball, Kan Jam and more!

4. Lead UP 2.0

Starting October 4!

icon-clock Wednesdays
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
icon-children Ages: 13 – 18
icon-location-pin Address: Northview Unit – 150 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa
Description

Want to join other youth in your community to make a difference? If so, the Lead UP program is for you!

Youth in the Lead UP program meet weekly and participate in activities that help develop leadership, employability and life skills. Youth will be involved in two community service/outreach events, attend workshops and trainings, and participate in employment, education, and future planning clinics.

Lead UP encourages growth and provides youth with experiences that develop confidence. Participants can receive up to 120 community involvement hours.

 

Gratitude Note: Lead UP is supported by BGC Canada’s national Lead Up program and TD Canada Trust.

For more information and to register, contact us

5. Learn On

icon-clock Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
icon-children Grade 9 – 12
icon-location-pin Address: Eastview Unit – 433 Eulalie Avenue, Oshawa

 

icon-clock Wednesdays
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
icon-children Ages 13-18
icon-location-pin Address: Northview Unit – 150 Beatrice St E, Oshawa
Description

Raise the Grade is now Learn On – a dynamic initiative that goes beyond academics to foster holistic development for youth.

Learn On at Eastview Unit’s Tech Center:

Operating Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 8. This program is designed to empower high school youth in their educational journey. From homework help to skill-building workshops, we provide a supportive environment to help youth excel in their studies. Learn On also offers resources for post-secondary education, resume writing, life skills, emotional well-being support, and more. Attendees have access to mentors, a fully-equipped computer lab, technology resources, daily snacks, and special events. The program is drop-in based, allowing flexibility for youth grades 9 and up, to attend any day between 5 pm and 8 pm, with no program fee.

(NEW!) Learn On at Northview Unit

Here, Learn On takes on a broader scope, focusing not only on academic growth but also on life skills, learning experiences, and teamwork both on and off the court. From leadership activities to collaborative projects, Northview’s program is designed to empower youth in various aspect of their lives.

Dinner is provided at 5:30 pm. Throughout the program, there will be exciting giveaways. Join us every Wednesday starting January 31st from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Open to youth ages 13-18.

For more information, contact us

Eastview
jcolliss@bgcdurham.com or call 289-927-2917.

Northview
Attend the info session on January 24th. Register by emailing cbrunt@bgcdurham.com or call 905-436-3311, ext. 2872

6. Youth Council

Starting October 5!

icon-clock Bi-weekly, Thursdays
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
icon-children Ages: 13 – 18
icon-location-pin Address: Northview Unit – 150 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa
Description

BGC Durham’s Youth Council will attend bi-weekly meetings and contribute their voices to growing our community. Youth will plan two community service events, learn policy and governance, and gain confidence and leadership skills.

As a member of BGC Durham’s Youth Council, participants will develop valuable skills while engaging with other youth in a supportive environment

For more information, contact us

7. Junior Youth Social

Starting October 6!

icon-clock First Friday of the month
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
icon-children Ages: 10 – 13
icon-location-pin Address: Northview Unit – 150 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa
Description

Join us on the first Friday of every month for a fun evening in our NEW Youth Room! Play some awesome games on our Nintendo Switch or PS5, socialize around a board game, or challenge a friend to a game of pool or foosball. No matter how you want to spend your time with us, we know it is sure to be a fun-filled night for our youth!

For more information, contact us

8. C.L.E.A.R

icon-clock Tuesdays
6:00pm-7:30pm
icon-children Ages: 14-17
icon-location-pin Online
Key Topics
  • Understanding Anger, Aggression and Violence
  • Effects of Anger on the Body
  • Consequences of Violence
  • Depression, Anxiety and Breaking out of Your Comfort Zone
  • Goal-Setting
  • Future Planning and Setting Yourself up for Success
Current Program

Session 1 – Understanding Anger, Aggression and Violence

Session 2 – Effects of Anger on the Body and Consequences of Violence

Session 3 – Depression, Anxiety and Breaking out of Your Comfort Zone

Session 4 – Goal-Setting, Future Planning and Setting Yourself up for Success

 

Note:

  • This program will run online using Zoom. 
  • Sessions run Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on select months. 
To confirm the next available session and register, please contact

Victoria Melo
(289) 404-3259
vmelo@bgcdurham.com

9. Youth Housing

The Housing First For Youth (HF4Y) Program assists youth with securing safe and affordable housing. Participants in this program will receive ongoing support from the caseworker as they continue to transition into adulthood.

For more information, contact us

10. Youth Trustee

icon-children Ages 16-17
Description

In partnership with the Region of Durham, BGC Durham provides trustee services for youth receiving Ontario Works. A youth may quality for Ontario Works if their parent(s) cannot support them financially or will not let them live at home. A caseworker from the Region will determine eligibility and when applicable, may refer them to BGC Durham to act as a trustee.

For more information, contact us

Jill Dallaire
(905) 404-5700
jdallaire@bgcdurham.com

11. Youth Outreach

icon-children Ages: 12-21
Description

Funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, the Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) Program is designed to increase youth opportunities by removing barriers, fostering effective community linkages and engaging and addressing individual risk factors and strengths. Our YOW program provides services for youth ages 12-21 years who reside in Clarington, Oshawa and Whitby.

For more information, contact us

If you would like more information on this program or want to know how to make a referral, you can contact the Outreach Workers.

Natalie Armorer
Clarington/Whitby
289-404-3034
narmorer@bgcdurham.com

Kelly Welch
Oshawa
905-260-5154
yow@bgcdurham.com

LeRoy Lyttle
Oshawa
905-442-7722
llyttle@bgcdurham.com

12. Fast and Female

icon-clock Saturdays
11:30am-1:30pm
icon-children Ages: 14-17
icon-location-pin Northview Unit, 150 Beatrice St E, Oshawa, ON L1G 7T6
Description

We are thrilled to partner with Fast and Female to offer female-identifying members an opportunity to engage in athletics and learn the value of sport and how to create a safe and inclusive sport environment. Girls will hear from inspiring guest speakers and participate in workshops developed by Fast and Female and Canadian Women & Sport.