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Youth Connections

Youth Connections is a summer engagement program for youth with developmental disabilities. Youth age 12-19 receive support as they participate in recreation and community activities, build social skills and work on personal goals.   

Youth Connections runs from late June to the end of August. 

Please note: completion of the registration form is mandatory for youth to attend

Youth Connection Sessions 

Throughout the summer, the Youth Connection Leader schedules short (1-3 hour) time blocks with individuals or small groups.   Working with youth and families, the Leader will organize activities around personal goals, interests and existing community-based opportunities.


Examples of goals and activities may include any combination of the following: 

  • Skill development:  road safety, life skills, studying for driver’s license, social and communication skills 

  • Recreation and leisure:  walking the trails, taking a yoga class, working out at the gym, participating in sports, taking an art class, playing board games

  • Community exploration: using the library,  shopping downtown, trying out new opportunities, participating in a community drop-in program, Market in the Park, visiting tourist attractions 

  • Volunteering is a positive way to explore personal interests or strengths. Past experiences have included the fish hatchery, cat shelter, visiting with seniors, walking a dog, Bruce botanical food gardens plus local events and festivals.

Schedules and Cost Sessions

A small fee will apply.  This fee helps cover costs associated with activities, staffing and program administration.  Fees can be paid using Special Services at Home funding, the Ontario Autism Program or private funds. 

Youth are welcome to participate in multiple sessions per week, depending on staff availability.  Many families choose to schedule reoccurring weekly sessions throughout the entire summer.  

Youth Connection Trips 

Throughout the summer, youth are able to register for several day trips organized by the Youth Connections Leader.   These full-day excursions are a mix of recreation, skill building and social connection. 

  • Past trip locations:  MacGregor Park, Camp Kintail, Grey Roots Museum, Bruce County Museum, 


Schedules and Cost 

Scheduling and costs will be determined by the Youth Connections Leader based on trip expenses and length.   Trip dates and locations are finalized in early June. 


Please note: completion of the registration form is mandatory for youth to attend

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