Our program content includes, but is not limited to these basic components:
Literacy & Reading
Harbour Youth Services provides up to 8,640 minutes a year of literacy-focused activities. Members are exposed to well over 900 books each year. One by one, we're hooking kids on books with the help of our local libraries and friends in the community!
"Literacy success dramatically improves a child's probability of staying in school..."
At Harbour Youth Services, our program teachers are important facilitators who can help children gain social competency. We see the hours after school as a tremendous opportunity to fortify kids with the tools they need to succeed.
Up to 6,480 minutes each year are spent integrating social skill development into everyday activities at the Club so kids learn to behave well, make good decisions, build healthy relationships and become actively involved in helping others!
"Social skills are the foundation for getting along with others."
To support the growing independence and curiosity of early adolescence, Harbour Youth Services obtained a grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2013 to implement a 2 year pilot project specifically geared toward children in grades 6-8. We have now integrated our grade 6-8 participants into our full program activities!
Healthy Eating & Nutrition
Healthy eating is one of the most important things affecting children's general health. Each day at our programs, nutritious & tasty snacks are provided to our members. They learn how healthy food can boost energy and make them feel good, inside and out! Hands-on cooking opportunities allow members to put what they learn into practice.
From knowing how to safely use a knife, to recognizing different kitchen utensils, our members are slowly mastering skills they will be able to use for a lifetime. "Celebrity" chefs from the community are an exciting & new component to the program. They have assisted in teaching our members how to prepare basic meals, making for some exceptional teachable moments!
We recognize that many children have abandoned physical play for the "bright lights" of computers, television and other electronic devices. Each year our members are introduced to over 150 games designed to keep them active in an environment focused on fun, friendship & cooperation.
Not only do they find the games fun and entertaining, they also enjoy these benefits: development of strong muscles and bones; decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes; opportunities for better sleep; using up energy in constructive ways; weight control, stress relief and a better outlook on life!