Fall Activities And Opportunities For Kitchener Teens And Young Adults

October 16, 2020

COVID-19 continues to affect the way we live our lives. Amid these changes, older teens and young adults are also going through significant personal and academic transitions.

It is important for learners of all ages to have the support and opportunity they deserve. With this in mind, the city and its partners have created new ways to offer programs and opportunities to older youth.

Read on to learn more about opportunities for older teens to stay active and engaged:

Intensive prevention services for young people at risk


If your child or a child you know has disciplinary problems in school, at home, or in the community, Intensive Prevention Services (IPS) can help. IPS is a community-based prevention program that, through fun activities, experiences, and community engagement, provides meaningful programming that promotes the healthy development of every child while taking into account the behaviors that they have included in the program.

Each participant receives an individual service plan for:

  • Build your self-esteem.
  • Improve your life skills.
  • Provide academic support.
  • Improve relationships at home, in school, and in the community.

Young people are referred to IPS by families, schools, the judicial system or the police. The services are free and are located in six agencies across Kitchener. Find a place near you and find out more about the program!

Age requirements:
10-19 years old

Connect to E3 services

The Kitchener Youth Network (PYN), in conjunction with the Kitchener City Children and Families Office and Kitchener Works, has restarted and expanded E3 services for young adults seeking support for the next phase of their education and careers.

E3 Services provide tailored education, employment, and empowerment services for 16- to 24-year-olds in Kitchener. E3 also acts as an entry point for reintegration services in Kitchener.

To be eligible for E3 services, you must:

  • A resident of Kitchener.
  • Outside school or returning from a youth internship.

There are five E3 service providers in Kitchener. Visit the Kitchener Youth Network website to find a provider nearby and begin the application process.

Age requirements:
16-24 years old

Become a Kitchener Reading Coach

Kitchener Reading Coaches (PRC) combines early reading support, access to books and community volunteers to improve the reading skills of our town’s children. Volunteers can be up to 14 years old!

Kitchener Reading Coaches’ child-led reading program will be virtual for the 2020-2021 school year. Fill out the Voluntary Interests form if you want to read online with a child at least once a week.

As a Kitchener Reading Coach, teenagers can ensure that our city’s children can read in fourth grade. Just an hour a week can change the life of a child learning to read!

Age requirements
14 years and older

More possibilities

Additional options are available for older teens and young adults, including:

Reach the independence center

  • The transition into adulthood can be overwhelming, especially for teenagers in foster care. The Achieving Independence Center (AIC) is a safe and collaborative space for adolescents and young adults ages 14-21 who are currently in care or who have been in Kitchener.
  • The AIC currently also offers mobile services for young people. Further information is available by text or by phone at (215) 939-7380 or by phone at (267) 794-8487 ext. 1219

Resource Hubs for Older Teens (14-21)

Councilor Isaiah Thomas’ office supports resource hubs for older youth and young adults through partnerships with local churches, nonprofits, and sports program providers. These hubs are located across the city and will host after-school activities and clubs including:

  • Sports exercises
  • Homework help
  • Mentoring programs
  • Free work area for students
  • And more!

Resource Hubs are open Thursday through Friday through November 28th. To learn more and to sign up, send an email to [email protected]

Kitchener Youth Leadership Council (PYLC)
The PYLC program provides leadership, public speaking, and relationship-building skills for 7th-12th grade students to help build the next generation of Kitchener leaders. For additional information, please email Michael Rice at [email protected] or call 215-683-5645.

Download the Youth Matters: Kitchener resource app
For teens looking for the right resource, this app is for you! This app is designed to help Kitchener teenagers find and access local resources like accommodations, apartments, food banks, health care providers, and more. Life is hectic, stressful and sometimes it can be difficult to find the information you need. This app helps you connect to resources and services nearby. Use the search features to see a map of local resources and advocates who can help you right now.

More information is available at youthmatterskitchener.org.

Find childcare and activities for young children.

The City of Kitchener has published a list of affordable childcare resources to support families while schools are closed.

This press release was produced by the City of Kitchener. The views expressed here are those of the author.

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