Waterloo Youth Initiatives​

A4C believes that a just and compassionate society must embrace its responsibility to provide its youth with the best opportunities for growth, the greatest safety and care available. No cost is too great if it enables today’s youth to overcome the hurdles and achieve new, before unsought of heights.

Our A4C youth programming involves many unique individuals with unique characters and enormous potential. They, like most of their peers, require a helping hand, the wisdom of a mentor or the encouragement to embrace a new opportunity or resist a potentially harmful one. All teens are also uniquely vulnerable to negative or unhelpful influences. We emphasize the development of a healthy peer culture, a belief that everyone posses great value and worth and the confidence that life is lived best when it involves contributing to the betterment of others. 

A4C has a relentless pursuit to develop programming and relationships that are proven to make a significant difference for the growing numbers of youth who orbit within our sphere of influence.

Youth Connect

Youth Drop-In

Youth Connect began as a sincere expression by a young man and at the request of the local community association. Three boys began with us, today approximately 100 youth orbit about. It is not hard to imagine the innumerable number of concerns and the stunning number of possibilities that walk through our doors weekly.  Our group is incredibly diverse with many having had to face significant life challenges. Many still any still do. The situation they find themselves in is often quite vulnerable. We see each of them as possessing incredible ability and strength. Partnering with parents and community partners we do our best to guide them towards hopeful and vibrant futures.  

Young Queens

empowerment

The Young Queens Collective exists to cultivate a safe space to inspire and connect women of colour (WOC). We offer bi-weekly programming for young WOC that provides participants the space to voice their unique experiences, explore their diverse identities, gain confidence through building intentional relationships, and develop transferable life skills through workshops, community outings and mentorship opportunities.

Genesis

Life readiness

Helping youth build their life beyond high-school. By placing a focus on work experience Genesis equips participants to develop the skills required to navigate their way through the years that follow high school and beyond. These are the years that pose a number of real challenges for all youth, more so those from vulnerable communities. If you and/or your company would be interested in participating in this innovative program and provide employment and help mentor young men and women please inform us. The potential is limitless. Contact Marcus at 519-501-3531.