Theory of Change – 5 Pillars
- There is strong evidence that youth engagement supports positive mental health and greater academic achievement.
- As the Collective Impact process unfolds, youth see that their voices can make a difference and they can help make their communities better places in which to live.
- Feeling empowered leads to many other positive benefits for youth.
- We recognize that some youth are naturally attracted to these opportunities while others lack the confidence or means to access them.
- As a result, we are committed to ensuring that youth empowerment includes all youth.
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 Empowerment. This list is not exhaustive. Looking for a specific service? Check out 211.
Visit our About page for links to our partners’ websites.
|Youth Linked-In||Ages 12-18||Connects teens with volunteer opportunities in community agencies and County events.||ROC|
|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|
|Youth Advisory Groups||Ages 12-19||Support Quantum youth to be on advisory groups (CAS, Youth Empowerment). Arrange for Volunteer Information Quinte to provide services at the hubs to connect youth to volunteer opportunities.||Quantum|
|Youth Advisory Committee||Grades 9-12||Participants learn specific knowledge and skills related to leadership, governance & activism. The Youth Advisory Committee provides members with a platform to voice their opinions on the issues and topics most important to them. Members meet on a monthly basis to work together to create social change for their peers in Prince Edward County.||ROC|
|Youth 2 Youth Summit||Ages 13-29||Free, one day summit aimed to connect youth in Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington Counties as well as Belleville and Quinte West. Keynote speaker, Ryan Porter provided a youth-focused presentation and workshop to start off the event. In the afternoon, youth participate in engaging discussions and networking with peers, professionals, and community leaders regarding local issues and topics of interest.||Center For Workforce Developemnt|
|YES (Youth Entrepreneur Success) Program||Ages 12-18||YES inspires entrepreneurship through skill development, public speaking, weekly workshops, hands-on activities, event coordination projects and site visits to local businesses. Participants develop job skills and connect with mentors from the local business community. The four key program themes are Digital Innovation, Agribusiness, Trades & Machining & Hospitality.||ROC|
|Wrap Around Initiative||Grades 9-12||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.||Quantum|
|Resource Consultant||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|
|Mentorship||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|
|Leadership Development||Ages 12-18||Youth are supported in leadership positions and training opportunities. Teens participate in local networks and attend symposiums & conferences. Youth develop and deliver presentations to share youth perspectives on community issues (Recent public examples include: “Mental Health Yours and Mine” and the #GreenTeens initiative).||ROC|
|INSPIRE||Age 15-30 to meet basic eligibility||The INSPIRE program at Prince Edward Learning Centre in Picton is a youth employment and education program that focuses on assisting youth to find meaningful work in their community. Our 22 week program connects youth facing barriers to employment with employers in Prince Edward County. Youth participants begin with 2 weeks of in class pre-employment training followed by a 20 week job placement. Youth participants are paid $14/hour for up to 37.5 hours per week.||Prince Edward Learning Centre|
|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|
|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|
|GUY TIME||Grades 7 – 8||GT is an in-school program designed to support personal, social, and emotional wellbeing, helping students gain a sense of belonging within their school and larger community. GT promotes youth leadership, positive communication skills, self-confidence and healthy relationships. Programming additionally focuses on identifying and reducing harmful behaviours in male youth. GT provides students with an opportunity to discuss the issues they face with positive role models in a safe space.||ROC|
|Girls ROCk it!||Grades 7 – 8||GRI is an in-school program designed to support personal, social, and emotional well-being, helping students gain a sense of belonging within their school and larger community. GRI promotes youth leadership, positive communication skills, self-confidence, healthy relationships and reducing harmful behaviours. Programming provides students with an opportunity to discuss the issues they face with positive role models in a safe space.||ROC|
|Community Volunteer Income Tax Program||For people with low-incomes||Assistance accessing entitlements (filing taxes, child tax benefit), borrowing (OSAP) etc.||Prince Edward Learning Centre|
|Family Support Network||Provide supports and services for families of children with intellectual disabilities living in Prince Edward County. Supports and Services include: assisting with the development of a 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 families to apply for and utilize Ministry funding and develop respite plans; organizing and facilitating workshops and support groups; assisting families 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|
|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|
|Family Support||Provide supports and services for families of children with intellectual disabilities living in Prince Edward County. Supports and Services include: assisting with the development of a 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 families to apply for and utilize Ministry funding and develop respite plans; organizing and facilitating workshops and support groups; assisting families 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|
|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|
|Children, Youth & Family Counselling/ Treatment||Ages 0-18||Provide individual and/or family counselling services free of charge in PEC. Youth 12-18 can self-refer. Provide mental health and addiction services to children and youth. Intake done by phone, counsellors in Picton office deliver services. Services can be in office or when needed, in home. Anyone can refer by phone, through website/ Current walk in services available Wednesday 12-6 Belleville office. Pending walk-in Pilot as a result of youth requests to be held at the ROC. Stay tuned for dates and times.||Children's Mental Health Services|
|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|
|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|
|Accommodation||24 hour Supported Community Homes, Supported Independent Living, Associate Family Home, Young Adult Transition Home, Individualized Supports, Respite Services||Community Living Prince Edward|
Youth feel connected to their families, caregivers and peers
Youth are physically, emotionally and mentally well
Youth are engaged in their education and learning
Youth see relevance between their education and their future
Looking for more resources? Try 211 Ontario