YMCA Leadership Programs provide a safe place for children and youth to develop team work, communication, creativity, and gain a deeper understanding for the Oakville community. Participants will work together to create and implement community building opportunities with the support of their mentors, while having fun and gaining new friends.

Halton Sport Leadership Program

The Halton Sport Leadership Program (HSLP) is a collaborative asset-based leadership development initiative for youth.

The curriculum and program framework was developed by the YMCA of Oakville & the Town of Oakville, and the pilot project was realized because of an individual donor of the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA.

For more information, please click here or contact Jerod Hannah.

Together as Girls

12-17 yrs

Saturdays from 5 pm to 7:30 pm
FREE Virtual Program

Be strong! Be courageous! Be you!

Join Together as Girls and meet some amazing girls and mentors. TAG is a FREE, inclusive and safe space for youth ages 12 to 17, who identify as girls and non-binary, to get together, make friends, play games and talk about what matters to you! We’ll explore topics such as body image, healthy eating, peer pressure, stress management and much more.

Register today by emailing [email protected]

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 Thank you to Bonnie and Terry Jackson for their generous $5,000 gift to support the Together as Girls program in 2016. Their donation will help to further enhance the program as well as the overall experience for both participants and those looking to become young leaders in the community.  The Jacksons have been long time ambassadors, advocates and donors to the YMCA of Oakville and in particular the Together as Girls program, and we are grateful for their support.

Newcomer Youth Outreach Council

Newcomer Youth Outreach Council focuses on supporting youth through their settlement experience and provides them with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, make important social connections with peers in their communities, learn about topics that are relevant to them, and engage with speakers from different community organisations (last session we had a speaker from SIU, a speaker who talked about winter driving and safety, as well as workplace safety etc. which helped to support their transition experience, particularly since many who are engaged are older high school students who are entering the workforce with part time jobs and learning to drive).

They also have the opportunity to learn more about social issues that are of interest to them, by working on a project of their choosing in groups to educate themselves and their peers on social issues such as climate change, the impacts of covid-19, Islamophobia etc. Some youth have created a podcast, website, social media campaigns, videos, guided discussions, debates and so on!

Meets once weekly either Monday, Wednesday or Thursdays from 4:30-6:30pm

Participants: Highschool aged youth (13-18)

Questions? Please contact Aliya Hack at [email protected] for registration information

Newcomer Youth Hangout Space

Newcomer Youth Hangout Space offers a fun and casual environment for newcomer children and youth to engage with their peers in a safe virtual setting, whilst practicing their English and building relationships with each other. This keeps them connected to the community in a time where connection is very much needed. We often play virtual games, do various arts and crafts activities, and engage in conversations regarding their settlement experience.

Meets once weekly on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00pm

Participants: Youth aged 10-18

Questions? Please contact Aliya Hack at [email protected] for registration information

In partnership with the Halton District School Board we offer 2 programs which also support newcomer youth.

Newcomer Mentor Hub

Newcomer Mentor Hub, where high school students mentor elementary school students, at a ratio of one mentor to 3 mentees, though this can vary based on language requirements. This connects newcomer students intergenerationally, expands the support networks they can build during times where social interaction is very limited, supports language and ESL development and learning, support leadership skill development and also provides the mentors with the opportunity to earn volunteer hours in a safe virtual setting.

This is open to HDSB students in highschool (mentors) and in elementary school (mentees).

Meets once weekly Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00pm

Questions? Please contact Aliya Hack at [email protected] for registration information

Conversation Circles

Conversation Circles, where a high school student earns volunteer hours to spend time in a casual online setting with elementary school students, leading them in more relaxed games and activities, whilst focusing on their English and French language skills.

This is open to HDSB students in highschool and newcomer youth in elementary school.

Meets once weekly either Monday or Tuesday from 3:30-5:00pm

Questions? Please contact Aliya Hack at [email protected] for registration information

Youth Peace Committee

Youth Peace Committee is a space where youth from all backgrounds and perspectives work together towards to encourage awareness, connection and action in our community, on social justice topics that are important to you! This is a youth-led program, where participants are encouraged to work together on initiatives and learning opportunities which support our community in a myriad of ways. Previous projects include the virtual Youth Peace Forum of 2020 as well as the Mending the Education Gap Fundraiser! All participants receive volunteer hours for their work in the committee.

This is open to all highschool students!

Meets virtually, every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30pm.

Questions? Please contact Aliya Hack at [email protected] for registration information

For more Youth Engagement and Leadership programs, click here.