Theory of Change – 5 Pillars


well being

  • Social and emotional well-being supports academic performance and contributes to favourable life outcomes, including remaining in school.
  • The recent rise of mental health challenges faced by Canada’s children and youth is matched by a decrease in physical activity participation levels.
  • Research has shown that involvement in recreation activities is beneficial to
    • youth development
    • academic retention
    • success 
  • Combining hands-on learning and fun recreational activities in a safe place has proven to be very effective in keeping youth active and engaged, in addition to reducing their participation in risky behaviours.

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 Wellbeing. 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
Youth 2 Youth Summit Youth 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 Development
Healthy Food Healthy Families Families 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
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
Accommodation 24 hour Supported Community Homes, Supported Independent Living, Associate Family Home, Young Adult Transition Home, Individualized Supports, Respite Services 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 Center
SMART Recovery Program Grades 9 – 12 SMART is a program for recovery from addictive behavior. The program supports teens who have chosen to abstain or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behavior, (ex. substance abuse, smoking, cutting and eating disorders). The program additionally supports teens who are living with people challenged by addictions. It provides a variety of tools, methods, worksheets, and exercises to help teens self-manage addiction recovery and their life. ROC & Prince Edward County Youth Center
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 Center
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 & Prince Edward County Youth Center
After School Makerclub Ages 6+ Depending on program Weekly after school program that introduces school aged youth to a variety of maker activities (i.e. mouse trap race cars), centered around creating and STEAM education Prince Edward Public Library
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 & Prince Edward County Youth Center
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. 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
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
Youth Linked-In Ages 12-18 Connects teens with volunteer opportunities in community agencies and County events. ROC & Prince Edward County Youth Center
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
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
Youth in Transition Works directly in schools with guest speakers/workshops. "Wreck this Journal" 4-8 week series. Working with students building interpersonal skills. Students work with peers to help barriers, build self confidence, and awareness. Abassadors for Inclusion work with leaders in the school training to be leaders ensuring all students are getting the same memories and experience as them Community Living Prince Edward
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
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
Creative Kids Ages 6+ Depending on program Crafting programs where youth 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
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 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 & Prince Edward County Youth Center
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. Childrens Mental Health Services


Family, Caregivers & Peers

Youth feel connected to their families, caregivers and peers



Youth feel valued in their community and have a voice

education support

Education Support

Youth are engaged in their education and learning

career employment

Career & Employment

Youth see relevance between their education and their future


Looking for more resources? Try 211 Ontario