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After School Program for Youth with Additional Support Needs

At the Y, we believe being healthy goes beyond being physically fit. We believe in an all-encompassing, holistic model of health and well-being that enables people to live to their full potential.

Our After School Program is for students with additional support needs, ages 13-21, whose parents require after school supports for employment purposes.

We provide a safe and non-judgmental environment in which the students are free to express themselves and participate in activities that promote social interaction. Staff are trained to foster the self-worth and independence of the students. Daily activities – planned by the students and adapted to be inclusive – include: science experiments, sports, arts/crafts, music, and many others.

Programs run during the school year, Monday-Friday from 2:45pm-6:00pm. Day camps are also offered over the Spring and Summer Breaks.

Where are programs offered?

Below is a list of current programs. Please note that your child may still be eligible for our program, even if they don’t attend a school listed below.

  • Churchill Collegiate
  • Glenlawn Collegiate
  • Windsor Park Collegiate
  • Vincent Massey Collegiate
  • Fort Richmond Collegiate (Trailblazers)
  • Andrew Mynarski School
  • John Taylor Collegiate
  • West Kildonan Collegiate
  • Grant Park High School
  • Oak Park High School

How do I find out if I qualify?

To determine your eligibility, please contact us and we will support you in contacting your Family Services Worker.

How can I get more information?

Our coordinators would be happy to answer questions about this program. For more information, please call After School Program for Youth with Additional Support Needs or email us!

Stories of Impact

  • After School Program
  • Kyle's Story

    a teenage boy swings in a specialty swing

    As any parent or guardian can tell you, finding childcare can be difficult. When your child has additional support needs that search is exponentially more difficult. That’s one of the reasons we started offering an After School Program for Youth with Additional Support Needs more than 10 years ago. The Program helps families like the Squires’ meet their employment needs while we provide safe, non-judgmental care to their son, Kyle.

    “It has helped Kyle immensely,” says his mom, Bonnie. “He has an opportunity to make new friends outside of the school day. It helps him interact with others his age and with support workers.”

    The Program is offered at a number of schools throughout the city, and also over the spring and summer break periods. Daily activities include science experiments, sports, music, arts/crafts and more.

    “It can be difficult to find him outside activities and extracurricular activities, so this allows him exposure to those activities and to be with other people,” adds Bonnie. “And it allows us exposure to potential respite workers and people in those roles who can help us outside of the Program.”