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River East Transcona School Division
creating student success

We are happy to offer a series of programs designed to keep our youth engaged outside of school hours.

The Empowerment Project

The Empowerment Project events are full day workshops, open to girls in grades 6 to 12 in RETSD. They happen once a month on a Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a great space for girls to express themselves, gain confidence and meet new friends from other schools. The workshops cover a wide range of topics such as gender equality, kindness, friendship, giving back to the community, goal setting, bullying, stress, and body image. For further information, contact Karina Walker, community programming co-ordinator—youth, at


VolunTeen is a free, week-long, summer program that provides RETSD students aged 12-17 the opportunity to gain volunteer experience in a group setting. These experiences include community clean-ups, local food banks, connecting with seniors, engaging with children and everything in between! As youth complete the program, they receive a certificate and become part of a vibrant corps of youth volunteers.

VolunTeen runs for six weeks and students have the option of choosing which week works best for them. During the application process, students will be asked to rank their top three choices. In the past, the program was held at Chief Peguis Junior High for the first three weeks of the program and at Bernie Wolfe Community School for the remaining three weeks. VolunTeen staff will be making their way to schools to promote the program in May and June. For further information, contact Karina Walker, community programming co-ordinator—youth, at

Lighthouses Manitoba

Several schools offer after school or evening programming for children and youth through Lighthouses, a youth crime prevention program run by Manitoba Justice. For further information, contact Karina Walker, community programming co-ordinator—youth, at You can also find out more by visiting the programs at:

  • Bertrun E. Glavin Lighthouse, Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary (grades 4 – 5)

  • Our Place Lighthouse, Hampstead School (grades 4 – 5)

  • Westview Lighthouse, Westview School (grades 4 – 5)

  • J.W. Gunn Middle School Lighthouse, John W. Gunn Middle School (grades 6 – 8)

  • Girls Club, John W. Gunn Middle School (grades 6 – 8)

  • Valley Gardens Lighthouse, Valley Gardens Middle School (grades 6 – 8)

  • Girls Club, Valley Gardens Middle School (grades 6 – 8)

Young Parents Connecting

We receive funds from Healthy Child Manitoba which allow us to offer an adapted Healthy Baby program once a week at Kildonan-East Collegiate. The program is specifically designed to support pregnant and parenting teens; drop-in participants receive all the same support and information that is available in other Healthy Baby programs. It offers early learning support for those with preschool children, as well as the opportunity for young parents to earn a high school credit. For further information, check out the program at Kildonan-East Collegiate or contact Rosanne Fife, program co-facilitator, at

Youth Volunteer Program

Youth volunteers are needed to fill a number of positions within the community initiatives sector of River East Transcona School Division. Volunteering is a great way to get extra credit, build your resumé, provide younger students with a positive role model and give back to your community. 

Please click here for more information and an application form. If you have any questions, contact Karina Walker, community programming co-ordinator—youth, at