The Youth Arcade is...
A drop in centre that opened in 1990. It is a safe and positive, youth-driven space where youth can come during their lunch breaks or after school to hang out, talk, build life skills, participate in educational programs, join alternative recreational activities, be referred to specialized services, and receive information and resources on youth issues.
The Arcade is a place where youth come to hang out with a friend in a safe, youth driven, supportive environment that challenges them to THINK and ACT critically within their communities. We use a youth-focused community engagement model where the youth lead the planning process.
The Youth Arcade offers:
- Drop-in hangout space for youth
- Computer and internet access, pool, fuse ball, table tennis, video games
- A safe environment
- An environment that is challenging and supportive
- Community involved volunteer programs and summer employment opportunities
- Young women's programs
- Alternative recreation programs
- Freestyle Fridays and music program
- A school suspension program for youth out of school
- Leadership skills training and opportunities
- Youth Justice programming for youth in trouble with the law
Venus Girls Project
Venus has evolved into a young women's media project - a hotbed of creativity for more than a decade and still going strong. Our collective of young women aged 13-19 have created:
- A yearly publication - the Venus Magazine.
- Short films in partnership with The Canadian Film Center that trains young women in the stages of video and film production.
- Theatre performances with training from local artists.
- Radio programmes on community radio.
Educational Interactive Workshops
Our workshops in the drop-in deal with issues such as sexuality, drugs and alcohol use, anti-oppression, youth violence, peer pressure, body image, school success and post secondary education. Most workshops are co-lead by youth who are trained as peer facilitators. The Youth Arcade staff also go out to other community centres and schools to deliver creative, interactive workshops.
Recreation: Youth in Action
Youth in Action is an alternative social recreation program that encourages youth to participate in physical and social recreation.
We offer a changing schedule of activities such as dance, boxing, basketball, fitness, pilates, bicycling, camping and more.
The Little Black Books
The Little Black Book for Girlz, written by young women, is a girlz guide to healthy sexuality and relationships. This book has been published by Annick Press and is in all major bookstores.
UnZipped: The Little Black Book for Boys, written by young men on healthy sexuality and relationships. This book is due to be published by Annick Press and available in bookstores in Autumn 2008.
Violence Prevention Activities
Reclaim and Replay Community Project is a violence prevention and intervention project that aims to address the root causes of violence in the lives of youth and community. Youth can also earn school credits and complete community service hours through leadership in this project.
Reclaim achieves this through supporting parents and youth in the creation and implementation of a community safety action plan, violence prevention workshops and community conferences.
Replay is an Alternative to Suspension Program works with youth who have been suspended or who are not presently in school. Youth are welcome to attend the Replay Program five afternoons per week from 1-3 pm. The program offers educational and emotional support to youth while working towards safe transition back to school.
The Youth Justice program is designed for young people aged 12-15 who have been ordered by the Youth Court to complete extra judicial sanctions (EJS) as an alternative to incarceration. Youth are supervised to learn about the impact of their behaviour, to make amends, and to give back to the community. We also work closely with diversion projects that divert youth and young adults from courts to community solutions such as victim-offender mediation or healing circles.
The Arcade offers intensive hands-on work experience for co-op and volunteer students to gain the skills they need to meet their educational and career goals.
The Arcade has up to 15 volunteers and co-op placements a year that help with a daily snack program, drop-in program design and implementation, research and office work.
News and Resources
Click to view our youth resources and current or previous newsletters and calendars.
Visit our Multimedia Gallery to view our photos and videos.
Monday to Friday: 10:30 - 6:00
Monday - Friday: 11:45 - 1:00
Monday - Friday: 3:30 - 6:00
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