Youth Programs

Inspiring and supporting youth is an essential part of how the Y works to build strong communities. We nurture the next generation through programs designed to help them create a brighter future for themselves and others. With opportunities to develop leadership skills, gain experience, and grow positive connections, we allow youth to share their voice and discover their full potential. 

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Youth Advisory Council

Southwestern Ontario

The Youth Advisory Council reviews, advises, and makes recommendations to programs, branches, senior staff, and board members about issues important to young people.

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YGAP (Youth Gambling Awareness Program)

Southwestern Ontario 

A free service for educators and youth offering educational prevention workshops to help youth make healthy and informed decisions. 

Youth from the YMAP Program

YMAP (Mapping the Way for Newcomer Youth)

London, Sarnia, Windsor 

An interactive program supporting newcomer youth as they adjust to life in Canada, focused on social connection, community involvement, leadership development, and more. 

Y Next


Flexible, customized employment support for newcomer youth with one-on-one counselling, workshops, and assistance securing employment. 

Y Works

Y Works

London & Windsor 

A program for youth ages 15 – 30 to help them overcome barriers to employment through workshops, training, and paid opportunities. 

YMCA Youth

Y Connect

London & St. Thomas

Y Connect is a small groups program with additional emphasis on mental health, suicide prevention, and addiction prevention.