Youth Connections is a summer engagement program for youth with developmental disabilities. Youth 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.
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, walking a dog, trying out new opportunities, participating in a community drop-in program, Market in the Park, visiting tourist attractions
Volunteering: visiting with seniors at Trillium Court, RVilla or Tiverton Park Manor, Kincardine Fish Hatchery, Bruce Botanical Food Garden, community gardens, events and festivals
Schedules and Cost Sessions
are $37.50 per participant. 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.
Employment Exploration Sessions
The JobsWork program is launching a summer Employment Exploration Program for youth with developmental disabilities that are interested in learning more about or preparing for employment.
This personalized program would support youth to explore their personal interests, learn about entry-level employment options in the community and begin building employment skills.
Discovery: explore interests, skills and personal qualities to determine entry-level employment options the youth is best suited for
Employment exploration: participating in job shadowing, visiting inclusive employers, talking with other youth and adults who are working
Employment preparation: creating a resume, practicing interview skills, building employment related soft-skills
Schedules and Cost
Sessions are based on personal goals, so the length and cost may vary. Fees can be paid using Special Services at Home funding, the Ontario Autism Program, Passport funding or private funds.
This program has limited availability so early registration is recommended.