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Chaplin Family YMCA

519.623.9622

Stork Family YMCA

519.743.5201

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Offer conditions: A minimum 6-month commitment is necessary to receive this offer. This offer applies to all continuous bi-weekly memberships, all full-pay memberships (6-month commitment 1-year membership), and all financially assisted memberships. This offer does not apply to any short-term memberships (1-month, 3-month), or any agency memberships. 

Stratford Y

519.271.0480

Guelph Y

519.824.5150

A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA

519.743.5201

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OUR LOCATIONS 

VISIT ANY OF OUR FIVE LOCATIONS 

2SLGBTQ+

Ages: 13-18

Expressing your true identify with confidence is KEY to growing into strong and engaged community members. Created in consultation with 2SLGBTQ+ youth, this program has been designed to create safe, welcoming, and inclusive spaces for all to live as their authentic self. This NEW program offers a safe, inclusive space for youth who identify as Two-Sprit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, or Questioning to connect weekly. The program includes recreational drop-in time and targeted programming focused on interacting with friends and adult allies, and to connect with resources. Each weekly session also includes a community meal, where participants help with cooking and clean up.

For more information email yyouthprograms@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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Register for 2SLGBTQ+A.R. Kaufman (Kitchener)Chaplin (Cambridge)Guelph

Community Meal

Ages: 13-18

Staff and youth join together to prepare and enjoy a nutritious family-style meal. Join in on discussion, play some games, and just hang out with friends. This program takes place at the Cambridge Teen Drop-in Zone on Wednesdays.

For more information email yyouthprograms@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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Chaplin (Cambridge)

Registration not required - drop in anytime!

Basketball - 3v3 Tournament

Ages: 13-18

Show off your basketball skills and win it all! The Stratford Y hosts a 3-on-3 Tournament on the last Friday of every month. Register a team of three or as a free agent. Each team is guaranteed two games, and the winning team will walk away with prizes. YMCA membership is not required – members and non-members welcome!

For more information email emily.orr@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free for members, $2 for non-members 

Locations 
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StratfordRegister for 3v3 Tournament

Basketball - Girls' Teen Ball

Ages: 13-18

This one’s for the girls. A great place to shoot some hoops with girls from across the city. Improve your skills and just have fun. All abilities welcome.  

For more information email yyouthprograms@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free for members, $2 for non-members 

Locations 
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Chaplin (Cambridge)

Registration not required - drop in anytime!

Basketball - Teen Ball

Ages: 13-18

A great place to hang out with your friends and shoot some hoops. Improve your skills and just have fun. All skill levels and abilities welcome.

For more information email yyouthprograms@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free for members, $2 for non-members 

Locations 
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A.R. Kaufman (Kitchener)GuelphChaplin (Cambridge)

Registration not required - drop in anytime!

Stratford-PerthStork (Waterloo)

Food Sense

Ages: 13-18

It doesn’t matter if you know your way around the kitchen, want to learn to cook or are just looking for a fun night out - this class is for you! Make a simple nutritious meal, learn hands-on cooking skills, and enjoy a family-style meal of the delicious food you’ve prepared. Join us for one week or every week, it’s up to you!

For more information email emily.orr@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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Registration not required - drop in anytime!

Stratford-Perth

Homework Help

Ages: 13-21

Need help studying for a test? Not sure if you’ve answered everything for an assignment? Want someone to help proofread your work? Our Youth Workers are here to help! Homework Help promotes positive attitudes about learning and school, providing on-going support throughout the school year to youth age 13-21.

For more information email michelle.fischer@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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Chaplin (Cambridge)

Registration not required - drop in anytime!

A.R. Kaufman (Kitchener)

Just Hangin' Out

Ages: 13-21

Designed to provide a safe and inclusive place where youth age 13-21 with varying abilities can interact with their peers, practice positive social skills, and develop life skills. Just Hangin’ Out includes recreation opportunities, hands-on learning, interactive activities, and personal development with an emphasis on character building, health and well-being, and life skills. A family style meal is provided each week with the opportunity for participants to help with preparation.

For more information email michelle.fischer@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: $140

Locations 
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Chaplin (Cambridge)

Moving Black Lives Forward

Ages: 13-21

An 8-week program providing a safe space for Black Youth ages 13-21, to develop awareness, preparedness & wellness within themselves and their community. The program focuses on topics such as wellness and self-care, leadership development, financial literacy, civic duties, legal rights, education, entrepreneurship and career development. 

For more information email ibtisam.saeed@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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A.R. Kaufman (Kitchener)

Newcomer Youth

Ages: 13-21

The Newcomer Youth Program empowers youth ages 13-21 who have recently arrived in Canada with the knowledge and tools to successfully integrate and settle to Canadian society. The program introduces youth to the community, and provides them the resources and the opportunity to make meaningful connections with peers in a fun and inclusive environment.

For more information email ibtisam.saeed@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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A.R. Kaufman (Kitchener)Chaplin (Cambridge)Stork (Waterloo)Register for Newcomer Youth

Teenage Parents Program

Ages: 14-25

Are you a young parent looking for help finishing school, getting a job, or finding child care? Or maybe, you’re just looking to connect with other young parents who understand the challenges (and joys) of parenting. Our TAPPs program, offered in partnership with the YWCA, fosters a safe space where pregnant and parenting youth age 14-25 can find a sense of belonging and community.

Learn about topics like child development, nutrition, stress management, birth control, budgeting, healthy relationships, behaviour management, goal setting and more through weekly activities. At TAPPs you’ll find support from your peers, Youth Workers, and resources for you and your children. Free child minding and a meal are provided every session.

For more information email charlotte.mccaig@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 

TAPPs is offered at the 10C Shared Space (42 Carden St., Guelph) on Mondays and Thursdays 4:00pm-6:00pm. 

Registration not required - drop in anytime!

Safe Sisters

Designed to provide a safe space for girls and female-identifying youth to learn about and discuss personal safety and positive well-being in terms of their community, their own body and social media. Enjoy activities and conversations with your peers, and YMCA Youth Workers, discussing everything from day-to-day life to a variety of issues facing youth today. Together we’ll cook a nutritious meal and complete an activity and discussion about the weekly topic. Once a month, we’ll do a physical activity outdoors or at the Guelph Y.

Each week offers a new theme based on relevant issues participants are facing in their neighborhood, their schools and their personal lives. Topics include body image, self-esteem, substance use, self-harm, mental health and wellness, importance of physical health, personal boundaries, nutrition, social media, life skills, positive relationships and more.

For more information email charlotte.mccaig@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 

Sharing Our Voices

Ages: 13-18

Sharing Our Voices is an intergenerational program that brings high school students and people living with dementia together through storytelling and art experiences. This program gives participants the opportunity to build social connections and explore collaborative creative processes. Art pieces created as part of this program will be showcased throughout Waterloo Region.

For more information email michelle.fischer@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free !

Locations 
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A.R. Kaufman (Kitchener)Stork (Waterloo)Register for Sharing Our Voices

Soccer

Ages: 13-18

Join us for drop-in Soccer in the gymnasium. Pass, shoot, and score while you meet new friends and build your community. All abilities and skill levels welcome.  

For more information email yyouthprograms@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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Registration not required - drop in anytime!

Stork (Waterloo)

Teen Drop-in Zone

Ages: 13-18

The Teen Drop-in Zone at the Chaplin Family Y in Cambridge is a space just for YOUth! Drop by anytime the Teen Zone is open to relax, enjoy a game of pool or table tennis, grab a nutritious snack, or explore the computer lab and music room. Youth Workers are on site to connect with you and foster a safe environment for all.  

For more information email yyouthprograms@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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Registration not required - drop in anytime!

Youth Leadership Development

Ages: 10-12 and 13-18

Develop and enhance your leadership skills to be an incredible leader in your community. Improve your communication skills, learn how to be an advocate, make connections with local young experts, and so much more! All in an engaging, inclusive, and supportive environment. 

For more information email emily.orr@ytr.ymca.ca or 
charlotte.mccaig@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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GuelphChaplin (Cambridge)Stork (Waterloo)

Youth Sports

Ages: 13-18

Do you like being active and trying new things? In this multi-sport program, you'll get to play different sports each week, while meeting friends and having fun. Have a sport you want to try? Send us your suggestions! All skill levels and abilities welcome.

For more information for the Stratford location email emily.orr@ytr.ymca.ca

For more information for the Chaplin (Cambridge) location email yyouthprograms@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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Registration not required - drop in anytime!

Chaplin (Cambridge)

The Grove Hubs

Ages: 13-24

The Grove Hubs are your one-stop-shop for youth mental health and wellness. By youth, for youth.
When you walk into any of The Grove Hubs locations, you’re greeted by another youth, just like you, who chats with you and lets you know what’s happening. You can choose if you want to get involved in anything today. And maybe you do. Or maybe you don’t. But you know it’s there if and when you’re ready.


For more information email 
charlotte.mccaig@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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Registration not required - drop in anytime!

Guelph

Youth Programs

Our Youth Programs have been created in consultation with youth across our Three Rivers’ communities (Guelph-Dufferin, Stratford-Perth, and Waterloo Region). Through these FREE and paid programs, youth are provided with the chance to make new friends, develop new skills, grow into their potential, and get involved in their community. 


Program SchedulesSpecial Events

Chaplin

A.R. Kaufman

Stork

Stratford

Guelph

Register for MBLF

A safe, welcoming, supportive, and inclusive space just for YOU.  

Register for Youth Leadership Development

Special Events

In addition to our regularly scheduled programming, we offer Special Events throughout the year that are catered to the interests of youth in our community.

Have an idea for a Special Event? Email yyouthprograms@ytr.ymca.ca

Youth Career Fair

Ages: 13-18

Free event (YMCA membership not required) with door prizes! Registration is not required.

Come discover your career passion! Learn about future career paths within your own community. Gain advice and information from 15+ local professionals across different sectors including business, public services, trades and more.


For more information email emily.orr@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Date: Saturday November 26, 2022

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Locations

Location: Stratford Y

Chaplin (Cambridge)Register for Just Hangin' Out

Youth Drop-in

Ages: 13-18

A great place to drop-in and hang out with your friends. Engage in conversation, games, and even grab a snack on us! 

For more information for the Stratford location email emily.orr@ytr.ymca.ca

For more information for the Guelph location email yyouthprograms@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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Registration not required - drop in anytime!

GuelphStratford-Perth

Shelldale Family Gateway – Grades 7-10
Tuesdays 3:30pm-5:00pm

Join us after school at the Shelldale Family Gateway (20 Shelldale Crescent, Guelph).

Register by phone: 519-824-8498

Guelph Y – Ages 13-18
Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm
Join us at the Guelph Y (130 Woodland Glen Dr.)

Registration not required - drop-in anytime!

Youth Fit

Ages: 13-18

Led by a certified Personal Trainer, Youth Fit consists of a guided workout that focuses on developing strength, speed, balance, coordination, and overall cardiovascular fitness. Youth will be taken through a series of individual and team exercises suitable for all levels of fitness.

For more information email emily.orr@ytr.ymca.ca

Cost: Free!

Locations 
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Registration not required - drop in anytime!

Stratford-PerthStratford-Perth