BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS
Contact Information: 403-328-9355
Address: 622 6 Ave South
Matching children in need with a mentor. Mentors serve as role models, teach the importance of giving back, staying in school, and having respect for family, peers and community.
Note sometimes matches can take up to a year based on availability of volunteers.
When applying for programs, a mentee must be between the ages of 6 and 16 years.
An Enrollment Coordinator will work with you and your child to review your situation and determine how a mentor would be of benefit. Factors that would be considered regarding your child’s needs include:
Parent or guardian support
Adult involvement other than the parent(s) or guardian(s)
Involvement in community activity
Ability to form and maintain a healthy, safe relationships
Ability to perform self-care
The In-School mentoring program provides children and youth a role model and friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up. Mentors meet with their mentee for one hour, once a week for the duration of the school year. Matches are free to utilize any open space on school property. You can run around in the gym, draw in the art room, play games in the computer lab, challenge each other to a board game or go outside.
Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.
Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 11-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.
The Go Girls! program consists of seven mentoring sessions, held over a 7-10-week period, within school facilities. Each 45 to 90-minute-long session is coordinated around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.
Game On! is a group mentoring program for providing boys and young men ages 11 to 14 with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices.
Game On! consists of seven mentoring sessions, held over a 7 to 10-week period within school facilities. Each 45 to 90-minute-long session is coordinated around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem and communication skills
LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Crossings Branch- 403-320-4037
Address: 255 Britannia Blvd West
Downtown Branch- 403-380-7310
Address: 810 5 Avenue South
Books, materials, programs, and events for children, teens and adults. The library also provides homework help, adult literacy, adult learning, and movie screenings. Check the website for program information and times.
The bookmobile provides mobile library services in the community. Check the website for times and location.
The READ ON Program
This is an Adult Literacy and Learning Program run through the Lethbridge Public Library. It provides one on one volunteer-based tutoring for adult students residing in Lethbridge that can help to improve their reading, writing, grammar and even math skills.
CHILDREN'S ALLIED HEALTH
Contact Information: 403-388-6575
Address: Suite 120B 200 4 Avenue South
This service offers skill-building, assessment, and treatment activities for the families of children who have or may develop emotional or behavioural problems, developmental delays, or disabilities. The Audiology and Children’s Allied Health team provides:
Augmentative and Alternative Communication/Assistive Technology assessment and service
Assessments for hearing loss
Provide free hearing tests for children up to the age of 18
Eating, Feeding and Swallowing Services
Developmental and Behavioural Diagnostic Clinic
*This clinic replaces the former Autism Spectrum Disorders diagnostic service.
These services do not require a doctor referral and can be accessed directly by a parents or guardian.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Address: 1405 8th Ave North
Lethbridge, AB, T1H 6N9
Lethbridge Boys and Girls Club offers a variety of Virtual Programming. All you need to do is visit the website at http://bgclethbridge.com/index.html and fill out the form by the program you wish to be part of. You will then be contacted by BCGL youth Centre staff to verify our information and fill out registration form together. Once you are done you will be sent a link to your virtual session.
How Do I Get a Job? - Thursdays from 5:30- 6:30 pm
Are you looking for your first job or how to get a new one? Sign-up today to learn: Interview skills, Job interview skills, Customer Service Techniques and How to Maintain a Job. Ages 11-18 years.
Leadership Development - Thursdays from 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Learn what it takes to be a leader in your community and develop awesome friendships and new skills! Looks great on your resume and makes you eligible for BGC scholarships up to $5,000! Ages 14-19 years.
Youth Mental Health Training- Thursday's 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm
A program to think about, talk about, and understand issues of mental health and wellness within a safe, fun, and welcoming environment. In an active, peer-based format, youth and given the knowledge, skills, and strategies to cope with stress and distress and promote positive mental health and wellness. Ages 11-18 years.
Virtual LGBTQ2S+ Hangout- Friday's 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm. Ages 11- 18 years.
DIY Crafts- Pick up a pre-made kit at BGCL Youth Centre (227 12B Street North).
Follow along with the video posted online!
BGCL Youth Centre Program
Address: 227 12B Street North
Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2K8
Boys and Girls Club Youth Centre is open for both in-person and virtual programming. BCGL now has a new facility located at 227 12B Street North! Covid-19 Restrictions are in effect to keep everyone safe:
Youth Drop-in Center offers a variety of games and activities for youth to engage with their peers such as: Pool Table, Foosball, Ping Pong Table, Video Games, Youth Café Area, a Concession with snacks!
Drop-in every Monday from 6:30-8:30 pm for youth ages 11-14 years
Drop-in every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 pm for youth ages 14-18 years.
*To Register go to BCGL at 227 12B St N and fill out a registration form. No parent or Guardian needed*
**Due to Covid-19 protocols, tutoring is being offered online only via Zoom from 4:00-7:00 pm. To get connected with a tutor call 403-593-8106. You will then paired with a tutor (which may can take approx. a week due to all the moving parts). The student will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting. If a student does not have access to technology please contact BCGL for more info on how they can assist with this.**
Raise the Grade is a FREE after school tutoring, and mentoring program for youth in middle school and high school. At raise the grade, BCGL provides access to computers, knowledgeable mentors, scholarships, academic support, and more! Whether it be grade 6 math or physics, they can help!
Provides a drop-in community space and connections for youth ages 11-18
Youth’s guardian/parent must complete the waiver form attached to this document after youth’s first visit
This program is free of charge
High School Drop-In
2:30pm-5:00pm Monday +Tuesday
Middle School Drop-In
2:30pm-5:00pm Mondays + Thursday
Adult mentoring for youth who need support
9:30am-2:00pm Monday- Friday
Check website for updated calendar of events and more information on what is available within the space.
Contact Information: 403-329-0088
Address: 604 8 Street South
*** YWCA is no longer offering any Youth Programming during Covid due to funding restrictions, this includes:
GirlSpace Summer Leadership Camps
Power of Being a Girl Conference
Neighbourhood Play Program
Young Women’s Leadership Council
YWise Guys Conference
YWise Guys Summer Leadership Camps
***YWCA is no longer doing Safe Visitation. They are hoping that they can start offering Safe Visitation again around February. Please note: Family Ties is still offering safe visitation for a fee***
What is YWCA offering during Covid-19?
YWCA’s Harbour House Women’s Shelter operations remain the same
Amethyst Project continues to operate
All housing supports remain the effect