Theory of Change – 5 Pillars

Education Support

education support

  • Schools have improved their ability to identify students that are risk of leaving early and could benefit the most from support programs.
  • There are several indicators:
    • absenteeism
    • weak writing and math skills
    • poor grades
    • behavioural changes
  • By anticipating the needs of our youth, the Collective can reach out with appropriate resources such as;
    • study groups
    • peer support / mentoring
    • after school recreation
    • out of classroom learning environments.
  • To be successful these programs require cooperation from many partners outside the school system.


Check out this detailed list of programs and services offered by our partner organizations that support Prince Edward County Youth and/or families in the area of Education Support. This list is not exhaustive. Looking for a specific service? Check out 211.

Visit our About page for links to our partners’ websites.

Program Name
Service Provider
Workshops All ages Available to individuals of all ages; both no cost and fee-for-service workshops are available. Career Edge
Youth Job Connection Summer Ages 15-18 A free Spring/Summer program that offers 20 hours of paid workshops, access to Job Matching, Placement and Incentives through the Job Developer. Assistance with matching individuals with local employers and potential for employer incentives. Assistance to employers for hiring, succession planning, interviewing, Health and Safety awareness, etc. Employment starts at the end of the school year. Career Edge
Careers in Healthcare Grades 9-11 Bi-annual one day event – Grades 9 – 11 – introduction to the broad range of careers in the healthcare field – displays, hands-on, one-on-one with professionals and employers, includes resource materials on educational requirements and career paths – partnership with Quinte Healthcare Corporation, medical associations, employers, local school boards Center for Workforce Development
Summer Skills Camp Grades 7-8 Week long summer camp (July) – Grades 7 & 8 youth introduced to post secondary programs and skill trades careers through hands on projects with professionals/mentors – focus on S.T.E.M. – in partnership with Skills Ontario, Loyalist College and local school boards Center for Workforce Development
Careers in Construction Grades 10-11 An informative event geared at local highschool students who are interested in a career in the construction industry. The day will consist of interactive displays for students to participate in along with an engaging activity for the students to complete. Partnership with the Quinte Home Builder's Association, ALDCSB, H&PEDSB, LDSB, independent schools in our area. Center for Workforce Development
Career Exploration Grades 9-12 (younger grades by request) Career exploration presentations to parents and students. Center for Workforce Development
Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair Grades 4-12 A partnership with QRSTF which offers students in grades 4 to 12 the opportunity to create original scientific research or innovative projects which are then displayed at various levels of competition. Students have an opportunity to win awards at the varying levels. ECOTB sponsors the event as well as provides two technology innovation awards, one for elementary and one for high school levels. Center for Workforce Development
So You've Been Accepted? Ages 15+ Series for youth proceeding to post-secondary education. Topics include finances, navigating school resources, next steps/realistic prep. Prince Edward Public Library
Literacy and Basic Skills Ages 18+ Work with individuals 18 years of age or older. Provides 2 weeks of pre-employment training with a focus on Hospitality and Tourism, 2 week paid placement in that sector and ongoing job coaching support. Prince Edward Learning Centre
Community Connect Available to all participants at PELC Case management for youth at risk of not completing high school outside the traditional system. Prince Edward Learning Centre
Youth Linked-In Ages 12-18 Connects teens with volunteer opportunities in community agencies and County events. ROC & Prince Edward County Youth Centre
Resource Consultants Provide supports and services for families with a child requiring assistance in some area of their development. Supports and Services include: Individualized case management based on family priorities, goals and needs; home visits and/or office consults; support to facilitate inclusion in child care programs; providing strategies and specialized toys/resources; sharing information; facilitating workshops and training; Service Coordination and connecting families with community resources and services; support with the transition to school; advocacy; facilitating inclusion; assist families to apply for and utilize various funding sources; assist families to develop respite plans; organize and facilitate parent workshops and support groups. Community Living Prince Edward
Youth in Transition Assist youth and their families with the transition from school to community. Focus on leisure, friendships, community participation, employment and life management systems. Community Living Prince Edward
FAM (Fix-A-Meal) Thursdays Grades 7 & 8 An opportunity for youth to learn basic food preparation skills, nutritious meal selection, and grow their teamwork and collaboration skills. Family-style meals help provide a regular, consistent opportunity to create a shared experience that is meaningful and offers a sense of belonging to all. ROC & Prince Edward County Youth Centre
PEC Youth Centre Drop-In Ages 12-18 Mentorship, Homework Help, Workshops, Skills Development Programs, Post-Secondary Support, Resume writing, Interview and Employment support, Computer Stations, Cooking, Baking, Creative Arts, Music, Drama, Ping Pong, Fooseball, Pool Table, Board Games, and more! Supports youth in making positive connections with peers and adult mentors. ROC & Prince Edward County Youth Centre
Leadership Development Ages 12-18 Youth are supported in leadership positions & training opportunities. Teens participate in local networks and attend symposiums and conferences. Youth develop and deliver presentations to share youth perspectives on community issues (recent public examples include: Mental Health Yours and Mine, #GreenTeens) ROC & Prince Edward County Youth Centre
Case Management Ages 12-19 Accept up to 50 new youth a year, in 3 communities. Complete an intake package with youth and families, identify strengths and needs, develop a client centered plan. Provide supports and services based on the plan. Quantum
Wrap Around Initiative Ages 12-19 Provide wrap around supports and services to Youth based on the needs identified and level of risk. Provide one on one educational supports, and also advocating for youth educationally.
Work with parents and connect them to the services they need.
Career Planning and Job Placement/Employment Ages 12-19 Work with youth to prepare them for employment based on their needs. Help with resumes and practice job interviews with students. Arrange monthly presentation of employment services to present/work with youth. Quantum
Dual Credit Program Ministry-approved program that allow students, while they are still in secondary school, to take college or apprenticeship courses that count towards both the Ontario Secondary school diploma (OSSD) and a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, or an apprenticeship certification.
Program goals: Introduce students to a variety of career options within various sectors; Help students in making appropriate career choices before they enter post-secondary studies; Assist secondary students in the completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Help successful transitioning to college and apprenticeship programs
Loyalist College
Student for a Day Provides high school students the opportunity to visit and tour the Loyalist campus, and to experience the programs in session on a first-hand basis. Loyalist College
General Arts and Science-Workplace (GASW) This two-semester program offers math,
science, business, and communications enrichment, as well as various vocational elective courses. It allows students to broaden their knowledge while developing different career-specific skills in topics ranging from Carpentry and Renovation and Mechanical Techniques to Journalism and Esthetics and Spa Management. Graduates have the option of continuing their studies in a diploma or advanced diploma program, or entering the workforce directly with this post-secondary credential. Ideal for high school and mature students who have or will earn an Ontario Secondary School diploma with workplace preparation credits.
Loyalist College
School College Work Initiative (SCWI) A co-operative effort with secondary school boards and Loyalist College with a mandate to assist in creating a seamless transition for students from secondary school to college.  In addition to dual-credit programs, SCWI provides a wide array of learning opportunities for students, teachers, parents and the broader community.  Over the last ten years, Loyalist’s SCWI team has coordinated dozens of activities allowing elementary and high-school students to explore and learn about the various post-secondary programs offered by Loyalist. Loyalist College
Indigenous Resource Centre The services available through this centre include pre-admission counselling to prospective students about admission, transcripts, funding and program planning. The goals of this centre are to introduce students to the requirements of College life, to maximize the opportunities for students to realize their full academic and personal potential, and to provide a friendly environment in which students can further cultural activities in order to express and develop their Indigenous identity. Loyalist College
Community Integration Through Co-operative Education (CICE) The Community Integration Through Co-operative Education (CICE) program is designed for students with intellectual disabilities and other significant learning challenges interested in pursuing post-secondary education and experiencing College life. Through modified programming and field placement opportunities, this pathway program will help you develop skills that will prepare you to transition to volunteer or paid employment. Loyalist College
Career and College Prep (CPRP) Whether your goals are achieving employment, a College education or an apprenticeship – we can help you get there. You can improve on your English and Math skills, earn required English or Math credits, or achieve your Grade 12 equivalency Loyalist College
Highskills Major Program Works with CLPE to join group and experience program. (Algonquin Lakeshore) Train Leaders (Perspective when you are a leader) "Everyone everywhere all ways" Mental health and wellness ambassadors. CLPE and (Mental Health Workers) resource and teachers created this group. Help anxiety, create safe spaces. Dog therapy, yoga, paint day, nutritionist Community Living Prince Edward?
After School Makerclub Ages 6+
Depending on program
Weekly after school program that introduces school aged youth to a variety of activities including yoga, zumba, maker programs (i.e. mouse trap race cars), dramatic arts, ukulele etc. Prince Edward Public Library
Song Circle All ages Weekly after school-timed program that allows students participate in musical jam sessions with a local musician/lyricist. Students can also borrow musical instruments to participate and take home through the Musical Instrument Lending Library (M.I.L.L.) Prince Edward Public Library
Musical Instrument Lending Library (M.I.L.L.) All ages A fully stocked library of musical instruments and sheet music available to be checked out and taken home, or used within the Milford or Bloomfield Branches of the Library. Prince Edward Public Library
Creative Kids Ages 6+
Depending on program
Crafting programs where youth aged can try their hand at various crafting techniques to create items like fairy villages, turkey feather quills, wax seals, medieval scrolls and more. Mainly around holidays. Prince Edward Public Library
Tech Talks All ages Monthly tech-related workshops aimed to teach patrons of any age how to get the best out of their devices, and to explore the world of technology. Topics inlclude Windows 10, iPad 101, Android Devices, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Library Edition, 3D Printing, Stop-Motion Film Making and more. Prince Edward Public Library
Tutor Time with Mary Catherine Ages 6+ Weekly one-on-one tutoring sessions provided by library volunteers. Any school aged youth are able to attend the program, but space is limited due to the volunteers available. Prince Edward Public Library
Maker Monday Ages 12+ Mondays 12:30-3:30pm. Programing for teens/adults around our Makerspace Tech. Drop-in basis for 3D printing, digital design, vinyl cutting, etc.
So You've Been Accepted? Ages 15+ Series for youth proceeding to post-secondary education. Topics include finances, navigating school resources, next steps/realistic prep. Prince Edward Public Library
Family Support Provide supports and services for families of children with intellectual disabilities living in PEC. Supports and services include: assisting with the development of Person Directed Plan; assisting with long term planning; providing service coordination and connecting with other community services; support with advocacy and facilitating inclusion; coordinating and/or attending case conferences; assisting with the transition to high school; assisting familites to apply for and utilize Ministry funding and develope respite plans; organizing and facilitating workshops and supportt groups; assisting familites to plan for and make summer connections, community connections, plan for life after school; assist families to access a range of developmental services by completing the initial point of contact and referral packages. Community Living Prince Edward
Literacy Friends Participants must be referred through Community Living Prince Edward In partnership with Community Living Prince Edward, PELC offers a weekly emerging literacy class providing fun and engaging ways for CLPE learners to practice their literacy skills through conversation, writing, reading, using computers, and singing together. Peer PELC learners help to support CLPE learners in activities. Prince Edward Learning Centre, Community Living Prince Edward
Healthy Food Healthy Families For parents with young children PELC has begun a new partnership with The Hub to enrich a monthly family dinner program offering family literacy and healthy eating tips to parents. Parents cook with the good food box then get to leave with it. Prince Edward Learning Centre, The Hub
Cooking Class Referral for this program is through the Storehouse Foodbank In partnership with the Storehouse Foodbank a literacy/essential skills worker participates with a cooking instructor to build skills while preparing food. Prince Edward Learning Centre
County Kids Read Books are available to all PELC participants PELC has partnered with County Kids Read to help offer free children’s books to families to support early literacy. Prince Edward Learning Centre


Family, Caregivers & Peers

Youth feel connected to their families, caregivers and peers

well being


Youth are physically, emotionally and mentally well



Youth feel valued in their community and have a voice

career employment

Career & Employment

Youth see relevance between their education and their future


Looking for more resources? Try 211 Ontario