All That Kids Can Be
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides quality mentoring programs to children and youth aged 6-18 in Leeds and Grenville. Our mission is to “enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people.” Many children and youth struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives. Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development. With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth can reach their full potential. Our Vision is that, “all young people realize their full potential.”
Youth Transitional Housing Manager: 613-246-8073
Connect Youth Inc. is an United Way member agency that provides youth ages 12-25 in Leeds and Grenville with information and support. It is our mission to assist, support and refer young people in need and to advocate for youth in partnership with our communities. In partnership with Service Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, Connect Youth also offers support to youth, ages 16-21 in Leeds and Grenville, who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Connect Youth currently has two fully furnished apartments which youth can access for 21 days while they, with support of transitional housing workers, transition into independent living.
Family & Children’s Services
Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville (FCSLLG) is a non-profit organization that serves children and families in the counties of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville and their surrounding areas. We are commonly referred to as a child welfare services agency or a children’s aid society. FCSLLG supports families and protects children so they can grow up safe from abuse and neglect.
Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada
Girls Inc. delivers life-changing programs and experiences that equip girls to overcome serious barriers to grow up strong, smart and bold. At Girls Inc., girls are in a safe, girls-only environment where professionally trained women help them build life skills and aspire to be all they can be. With this critical support, girls seize opportunity and thrive. Specific areas of program focus include: STEM, violence prevention, economic literacy, leadership, media literacy, peer pressure, healthy relationships and healthy sexuality.
Kempville Youth Centre
The Kemptville Youth Centre is a drop-in-centre for youth aged 12 to 18 years of age. We provide youth of the community with a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment that contributes to the positive mental, physical and social development of local youth.
North Leeds Youth (Country Roads Community Health Centre)
Phone: Marci Bruyere at 272-3443 ext. 241
The North Leeds Youth Project is a community development initiative that supports children and youth to feel valued and supported not only by the school, but by the community. Senior youth are part of a planning table identifying needs, gaps and activities that will prevent at risk behavior while promoting healthy living. Townships, school representatives, community volunteers, a youth employment representative, library staff and a health promoter from the Country Roads Community Health Centre working together to local priorities for children and youth and to bring them to life. This project has been of direct benefit to the community for over 15 years.
Real;Talk (Children's Mental Health of Leeds & Grenville)
Phone: 613-498-4844 ext 3028
Real;Talk is a Youth-Led Advocacy Group, specializing in Mental Health Awareness and de-stigmatization in Leeds and Grenville. We are a group of youth aged 13-20 who work together to plan and lead events and fundraisers. We aim to empower youth to speak up against the mental health stigma and the barriers we face in accessing services. We meet every Thursday, with free transportation provided and we also always have lots of healthy snacks as well as pizza!
Peer Support is a secondary group that we are launching in the Fall of 2019. This group is not an advocacy group, but rather a youth group aimed at building resilience in youth aged 12-18 by supporting healthy peer-to-peer relationships. We have modeled the group after the Centre of Excellence’s 9 Pillars of Youth Peer Support. This modality of service delivery has been developed by youth and community experts and is backed up by research which demonstrates the impact peer relationships can have on a youth’s mental health and overall wellbeing.