A space of their own

An afterschool space that is just for youth – this is the proven strategy that BGC Hamilton-Halton is using to help kids in its neighbourhood.

The BGC Youth Centre, supported by a grant from HCF, is designed for youth aged 14 to 24 and provides a safe, welcoming space to explore interests, gain skills, access support and connect to peers, caring adults and the community.

Youth are engaged in developing programs, planning trips and designing a space where they feel welcome.

The site has been open since 2021, but is more important than ever, given how the pandemic has compromised youth social connection, mental health and education. It offers a mix of informal socializing and structured programming five days a week immediately after school and in the summer.

Excerpt from 2024 Spring Legacy Newsletter